Building Next Generation STEM Leaders: How to Create Makerspaces in Schools (EDU250J)

Presented By: Dr. David Thornburg
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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 60 minutes
  • Wed, March 25, 2015
Event Description

How Can You Unleash the Creativity in Your Students And Develop Them Into Next-Generation STEM Leaders

The new standards are driving the increased incorporation of hands-on learning in schools. Many schools have implemented 1:1 programs, making traditional computer labs redundant. This session by expert speaker Dr. David Thornburg explores both why and how to create makerspaces in schools using space that has been allocated for computer labs.

Learn how these rooms (computer labs) can be reconfigured into makerspaces where students can explore curricular topics through the making of artifacts. Tools in these spaces can include 3D printers, Arduinos, "soft circuit" tools for wearable electronics, and many other things. The idea is to unleash the creativity and tinkering that is implied by the engineering component of the Next Generation Science Standards as well as connecting to the Common Core State Standards.

You will be shown examples of the kinds of equipment and projects that can be used in these spaces, and see how affordable these tools have now become. We are entering a new world where our children will become the next generation of makers! This audio conference explores ways for us to prepare them to do so.

Training Objective:

  • Why schools need to bring more hands-on learning into the classroom,
  • How to select the tools needed in a school- or library-based makerspace.  This includes hand tools, electronic workspaces, 3D printers, and other tools.
  • What kind of preparation students need to use the makerspace
  • How to create projects for students to do that connect to the curriculum across most grade levels
  • How increased student enthusiasm will lead to deeper learning
  • Explore the connections to the new math and science standards

Who Should Attend

  • Teachers
  • School/College Administrators
  • Technology Directors
  • School Staff
  • Academicians
  • Principals
  • Parents  
  • Educators at all levels, but especially those involved in K-12 education

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About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. David Thornburg
Dr. David Thornburg has been engaged in educational technology since the 1970’s and has won both accolades and awards for his work.  He has written a number of books, including his newest: From the Campfire to the Holodeck, published by Jossey Bass. His current work focuses on STEM subjects, and runs the gamut from ... More info