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Transitioning tinkering to the classroom

More and more schools implement and build MakerSpaces. However a 3D-printer and a vinyl cutter do not equal a MakerSpace. This process must consist of both setting up the facility, and creating the mindset needed to use it properly and to its full potential. What does it take to make a makerspace succeed in a school environment? How to get the teacher onboard, mentally? Many teachers are enthusiastic and eager to make use of a MakerSpace, but often they do not really know how. How can we, as experiences tinkerers and makers, help teachers build a bridge between free, creative, open-ended activities and the strict curriculum?


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Session speakers

Assistant Professor of STEAM Education
University of Wisconsin
Previously based at the Children's Museum of Pittsburg, Peter continues his work with teachers in makerspaces in Western Pennsylvania despite moving to University of Wisconsin-Madison to assume his post as Assistant Professor of STEAM Education. He will share his experience creating makerspaces in schools in Western Pennsylvania, and his thought on how to impact the mindset of teacher that establish makerspaces in Schools.
Cambridge University
United Kingdom
Elizabeth is the founder of WonderWorld Science, a STEM-learning initiative that brings Tinkering workshops into schools provides teacher training across London. She is currently conducting a PhD in Educational Research at Cambridge University looking at the relationship between Tinkering and Nature of Science learning. She will bring to the session an understanding of the Tinkering philosophy at work within the formal learning culture of schools.
Director of Learning & Research
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
United States
Lisa Brahms is Director of Learning and Research at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh as well as project lead for the museum’s newest permanent exhibit, the MakeShop. Dedicated to “scaffolding authentic making experiences for very young children”, Lisa is interested in providing innovative learning experiences that inspire joy, creativity, and curiosity in her position at the museum. She will share her thoughts and experience on transferring this to teacher.
Science Center Manager
Daniel runs the outreach program at Tekniska museet called Maker Tour. The tour goes around the country to schools and fairs. He will share his experience on wokring with teacher on maker and tinkering activities.