Pedagogy of Makerspaces Workshop

This workshop is now full. 

Thursday, March 30th and Friday, March 31, 2017

Makerspaces are workshops with an emphasis on creativity, collaboration, and community in which students can learn, experiment with new tools, develop skills, and become innovators and designers. 

K-12 schools that integrate maker tools, activities, and mindset can find significant benefits in terms of student engagement, empowerment, and content learning as well as 21st century skills.

In this workshop, we will explore using makerspaces across all content areas, showing teachers how makerspaces can be used to support their classroom learning. Examples that have proven successful will be provided by experienced makerspace practitioners. We will also consider how to assess the impact of makerspaces on student learning by using various assessment tools, concentrating on portfolios.

This workshop will focus on sharing experiences rather than formal presentations.

The workshop will be held at the MIT Edgerton Center, Room 4-402. Directions to the Edgerton Center can be found here.

Update: Participation has been increased to 20 participants!!!

Schedule

Thursday, March 30, 2017
8:30 am to 3:30 pm, lunch provided

Friday, March 31, 2017
8:30 am to 1:30 pm, lunch provided

Transportation, and Parking

The workshop is held in 4-402 which is on the 4th floor of building 4, nearly under the Great Dome. Visit the MIT Edgerton Center transportation and parking page for information on getting to MIT.  

Visitor parking in the MIT-Kresge parking lot is limited. Public tranportation is convenient and recommended. Parking permits can be purchased for $26.00 per day by completing and submitting this form at least five days in advance.  

Who Should Attend

Makerspace leaders and curriculum coordinators who have recently started or have a mature makerspace and are seeking to utilize it more effectively.

Registration and Payment

The cost for the workshop is $300 per person and includes all materials and supplies. Coffee, snacks, and lunch are included. Participants should bring their own laptops and will have access to WiFi. Computer mice are recommended for some of the software packages.

Registration to hold a slot is processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and is guaranteed once final payment is received. Payment can be made in the form of a purchase order, check or a money order made out to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Our mailing address is:
MIT Edgerton Center, Attn. Sandra Lipnoski
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Room 4-408
Cambridge, MA  02139

Payment must be received in full by March 22, 2017, otherwise the spot will be forfeited to another participant on the waitlist. 

Questions? Email Robert Vieth at rvieth@mit.edu

About the MIT Edgerton Center

Established in 1992, the MIT Edgerton Center continues the hands-on legacy of Harold “Doc” Edgerton by giving students opportunities to learn by doing. Programs include courses in engineering and high-speed photography for MIT students and professionals, the international-development program D-Lab, student-run clubs and teams, student machine shops, and a year-round K-12 science and engineering outreach program, including professional-development teacher workshops and curriculum materials. Read more about our K-12 programs here.