Join Make: for the 3rd annual education program focused on the leaders, influencers, and practitioners providing support, services, and programs to bring making into schools.

Make: Education Forum
Friday, September 22, 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
World Maker Faire New York 2017
New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY

Use the Forum’s hashtag – #MEF17 – when sharing on your social media!

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    Co-hosted with our partner, New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), the event is Friday, September 22, at the New York Hall of Science, home of World Maker Faire New York, from 10am to 4pm. This year, our focus will be on computational making, rethinking professional development for maker education and how making is not just about creating a makerspace but creating a maker culture.

    Hear from educators, makerspace organizers, librarians, local and federal state department representatives, and youth organizations who have developed models and platforms to serve this agenda. If you are an individual who is either formally or informally supporting and/or creating project-based learning programs for kids that support general STEM areas, as educational policy makers, superintendents and principals, or youth programing coordinators, please join us.

    Space is limited—register today!

    The cost to attend the Make: Education Forum @ Maker Faire is $95.00. As part of your registration, you will receive one ADULT SINGLE DAY PASS to World Maker Faire New York 2017 (good for either Saturday or Sunday entrance) valued at $45.00.

    Make: Education Forum 2017 Hashtag: #MEF17


    Read about the speakers below the agenda.

    • 9:00 am     Registration Opens; Coffee; Showcase Open

    • 10:00 am     Make: Education Forum begins; Introductions from:
      • Dale Dougherty, CEO & Founder, Maker Media
      • Dr. Margaret Honey, President & CEO, New York Hall of Science

    • 10:15 am     Keynote
      • Dr. Kylie Peppler, Associate Professor of Learning Sciences & Director of The Creativity Labs at Indiana University Bloomington

    • 11:00 am     Programming Paper Craft
      • Jie Qi, MIT Media Lab & Chibitronics

    • 11:15 am     Get Creative, Get Connected, Get Coding with Micro:bit!
      • Hal Speed, Micro:bit

    • 11:30 am     Making, Thinking & Creating Discussion
      • Dr. Kylie Peppler, Associate Professor of Learning Sciences & Director of The Creativity Labs at Indiana University Bloomington
      • Jie Qi, MIT Media Lab & Chibitronics
      • Hal Speed, Micro:bit
      • Daniel Rabuzzi, Executive Director,
      • Jason Kridner, Co-Founder & Board Member, Foundation

    • 12:15 pm     Making Math Visible
      • George Hart, Research Professor at Stony Brook University

    • 12:30 pm     Lunch & Making Activity
      • Kathy Ceceri, Make: Author & Educator, Activity: Make A Light Up Origami Jumping Frog

    •  12:30 pm     Showcase Open

    •  1:30 pm     Making – Creating the Bridge to Inclusion
      • Beth Watson, WW Director, Education Partner Marketing, Microsoft
      • Jacqueline Russell, Program Manager, Microsoft MakeCode
      • Microsoft Partners

    •  2:00 pm     Re-thinking Professional Development Panel for Maker Educators
      • Trey Lathe, Executive Director, MakerEd, Moderator
      • David Wells, NYSCI, Co-Moderator
      • Josh Weisgrau, Digital Promise
      • Chad Ratliff, ACPS
      • Lori Stahl-Van Brackle, Director of Instructional Technology, Manhattan Field Support Center/NYCDOE
      • Annalise Phillips, Makerspace Coordinator, NYSCI

    •  2:45 pm     From Makerspaces to Maker Schools Case Study
      • Luke Bauer, Principal, The Urban Assembly Maker Academy

    •  3:00 pm     Closing Remarks – Become a DK Maker
      • Kristen Pozzuoli, Associate Marketing Manager – Children’s, DK Publishing

    •  3:00 pm     Showcase Open

    •  4:00 pm     Tour of World Maker Faire

    • Tag the Ed Forum when sharing on your social media – #MEF17!

      Speaker Bios

      Kathy Ceceri, Make: Author & Educator

      Kathy Ceceri is the author of over a dozen books of hands-on learning projects for elementary school aged kids and up, including five for Maker Media: Making Simple Robots, Paper Inventions, Edible Inventions, Musical Inventions, and one coming out later this fall, Fabric and Fiber Inventions. Kathy also teaches low-tech Maker workshops for students and educators at schools, libraries, and museums around the Northeast, and has helped launch community and school makerspaces near her home in Saratoga Springs, NY. Her website is

      George Hart, Research Professor, Stony Brook University

      George Hart is a research professor in the engineering school at Stony Brook University and a freelance mathematical sculptor/designer.

      Jason Kridner, Co-Founder & Board Member, Foundation

      Jason Kridner is a software architecture manager for embedded processors at Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). A 25-year veteran of TI, Kridner is also a founder of the Foundation, maintainer of open-source development tools such as BeagleBoard, -xM, -X15, BeagleBone, Black, Blue, and the new ultra-tiny and ultra-low-cost PocketBeagle. Kridner participates in numerous coding and open-source mentoring/education efforts, including serving as an administrator for’s participation in Google Summer of Code. Kridner’s passion-first approach has inspired many in the Maker community to build hardware and software in a fully collaborative environment.

      Trey Lathe, Executive Director, MakerEd

      Trey joined Maker Ed as its Executive Director in October 2014. He has an incredible breadth of experience that allows him to continue to expand the impact of Maker Ed’s work. Trey received his Ph.D. in molecular biology in 1997, and after four years of genomics research at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg Germany, he started the company OpenHelix with two others. Trey and his partners sold the company in 2014. In 2012, Trey became an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow at that National Science Foundation. In this role he worked in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering directorate supporting programs to broaden participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the computer and technology fields. Additionally, Trey served as co-chair for both the first D.C. Mini-Maker Faire and the “Making Education Great” symposium that sought to bring educators, makers, and government agencies together to discuss the power of making in education.

      Annalise Phillips, Makerspace Coordinator, NYSCI

      Annalise Phillips is the Makerspace coordinator at the New York Hall of Science. She is responsible for the design and implementation of school group and weekday workshops, drop-in family making, after school and summer camp programs and teacher Professional Development. A former high school teacher, Annalise is experienced in turning Making activities into standards aligned projects, relevant to both teachers and students. She prides herself on making sometimes abstract academic concepts tangible, meaningful, and fun. Before joining the NYSCI team in 2015, Annalise worked as a museum educator in a small hands on building and learning workshop. She has a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor of Art degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco.

      Dr. Kylie Peppler, Indiana University

      Dr. Peppler, an artist by training, is an Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and serves as the Director of the Creativity Labs at Indiana University. She is also the Chief Learning Officer at Collective Shift/LRNG.

      Kristen Pozzuoli, Associate Marketing Manager, Children’s, DK Publishing

      Kristen has been a member of the DK marketing team for nearly three years, and has worked on a little bit of everything in that time. When she started, she marketed the adult and travel lists, but has since moved over to the children’s list, now focusing most of her efforts on DK’s coding, STEAM, and make titles.

      Luke Bauer, Principal, The Urban Assembly Maker Academy

      Luke is the founding Principal of the Urban Assembly Maker Academy (UA Maker), a dream come true for him. He has been a teacher and administrator, working in both middle and high schools since 2002. Luke started his career in Kansas City, Kansas. In 2006, he began working at East Bronx Academy for the Future (EBA), a 6-12 South Bronx school, where he taught both middle and high school social studies. In 2007 while still at EBA, Luke founded the Boston Road Alliance of Small Schools Athletic League to provide opportunities for students from small schools to compete in athletics. Luke became an Assistant Principal at EBA in 2008 and helped develop the school’s use of mini-observations, interim assessments, and real-world performance assessments to improve student achievement. Luke strongly believes students should learn to apply skills and knowledge to real-world situations because that is what will be asked of them in college and the world of work. While at EBA, Luke realized his passion for working with high school students. He believes these years are important for students to build the academic skills needed to be successful after high school and for figuring out who they are as individuals. Luke enjoys supporting them in both of these journeys. In 2013, Luke was appointed Director of Professional Development for Odell Education where he created and delivered training for teachers, principals, superintendents and other leaders in districts across the United States.

      Jie Qi, MIT Media Lab & Chibitronics

      Jie Qi is cofounder and creative director of Chibitronics, which makes hardware kits that blend paper craft, circuit building and programming. Jie is also a researcher in the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab and a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law school, where she investigates open approaches to innovation and entrepreneurship. She holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a masters and PhD in media arts and sciences from MIT. With her work, Jie aims to engage broader communities in designing and creating their own technologies and approaching building electronics as a medium for creative self-expression.

      Chad Ratliff, ACPS

      Chad is Director of Innovation and Instructional Programs for Albemarle County Public Schools, a 14,000-student public school district surrounding Charlottesville, Virginia. His portfolio includes serving as Principal of two district-backed charter schools, Murray High and Community Public Middle. He is also responsible for the development and implementation of programs that align with the district’s strategic focus on student-centered instruction, choice, collaborative partnerships and lifelong learning. Also an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and founder, Chad is active in the entrepreneurial community and has organized several Startup Weekend events. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Virginia and a MBA from Virginia Tech. He is an alumnus of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Executive Educators Leadership Institute.

      Daniel Rabuzzi, Executive Director,

      Daniel Rabuzzi is Executive Director of Mouse, a national nonprofit organization that empowers and inspires underserved youth with technology. Prior to joining Mouse in 2013, Daniel held positions at Year Up New York, NFTE, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Luther College, and Manufacturers Hanover Trust. Daniel has had two novels published. B.A. Harvard, M.A. The Fletcher School/ Tufts, M.A. & Ph. D. in History, Johns Hopkins.

      Jacqueline Russell, Program Manager for Microsoft MakeCode

      Jacqueline Russell is the Program Manager for Microsoft MakeCode. Jacqueline has worked at Microsoft since 2005 in various groups focused on technology in education. She is passionate about using technology to enable innovative learning experiences and bring increased creativity to teaching and learning. Jacqueline has worked in the tech industry for 20 years as a developer, IT Consultant and Product Manager. She has a computer science degree from Amherst College and an MBA from INSEAD.

      Hal Speed, Micro:bit

      Hal Speed is the Head of N. America for the Micro:bit Educational Foundation and the Founder of CS4TX. He is an advocate for computer science education for all students in grades K-12 and believes these skills are necessary for socioeconomic mobility and the future prosperity of nations in the digital age.

      Lori Stahl-Van Brackle, Director of Instructional Technology, Manhattan Field Support Center/NYCDOE

      Lori Stahl-Van Brackle is an award-winning educator who has taken her love of making out of the classroom, where she taught for 13 years at JHS 157 in Queens, and brought it to the Manhattan Field Support Center. As the Instructional Technology Director, Lori works with schools on developing school Web sites, Maker Spaces, Maker Ed curriculum, and incorporating technology into classes in meaningful ways. The 2017/2018 school year is going to be especially exciting with the first MFSC Maker Educator Cohort, which will be organizing a Mini-Maker Faire in June that will not just showcase student work but will display the impact Making has on how students approach life.

      Beth Watson, WW Director Education Partner Marketing, Microsoft

      Beth Watson serves as the Director of Partner and Channel Education Marketing for Microsoft Corporation, a role that allows her to work with partners globally to embrace technology to optimize learning environments and student achievement.

      Prior to this Beth served as the Education Director for the Asia Pacific Region in Microsoft, leading the Education product group and Education teams across Asia Pacific in ensuring that both Microsoft and their partners delivered relevant, effective, and scalable technologies, services and programs that focus on improved learning outcomes for all.

      Education is a key driver in Beth’s life, a former School Governor she seeks to understand the challenges many schools, teachers, local and regional governments are facing and is deeply committed to playing her role in trying to ensure that education is truly available for all and in doing so help empower the students of today to create the world of tomorrow.

      She is involved with a variety of outreach projects; and is currently serving on the board of directors for Mother Mentors in Whidbey Island, WA. Beth has six children aged 10 months thru 17, and via them, their friends throughout the world and their parents, she also gets regular feedback on the student and parental views of education.

      David Wells, Director of Maker Programming, NYSCI

      David Wells, NYSCI’s Director of Maker Programming, is responsible for all programming and activities in NYSCI’s Maker Space. He leads the design and implementation of maker-related programs which engage families, students, and visitors of all ages, as well as maker education initiatives that use local artists & makers as guest facilitators. A self-proclaimed “maker of things”, David also designs site-specific interactive art installations using discarded technology, audio experimentation, and digital media to create an interesting yet whimsical experience for his viewers. During his time at NYSCI, he has worked on a wide variety of projects including designing exhibits for the Early Childhood space, developing emergent curriculum for educational programming and creating educational videos for teachers and students. He received his B.F.A. from F.I.T. and a Masters in Museum Education from Bank Street.

      Josh Weisgrau, Program Director for Maker Learning, Digital Promise

      Josh is the Program Director for Maker Learning at Digital Promise Global, leading a portfolio of projects that work with educators to develop the next generation of creators and change-makers. Projects include the Maker Promise, a network of leaders, educators, and advocates increasing access to quality maker learning experiences across the US; and the Learning Studios, a growing global network whose students are learning about and through design, fabrication, and entrepreneurship. Previously, Josh taught middle and high school students in areas ranging from theater design, to video production, to computer science, and helped design and manage several educational makerspaces.