You’ve got a couple of 3-D printers, some workbenches, hand tools, and a new space. What do you do with it all? Learn to design and deliver custom Maker projects that boost your students’ confidence, competence, and engagement with STEM, no matter what subject you’re teaching.
Covid-19 Update: Due to campus-wide safety measures related to COVID-19, the fall 2020 program is on hold. Tentative dates are listed below. Email us to receive a notice when registration is open.
Master Making in the Classroom is a professional development opportunity for educators seeking to integrate Maker tools and habits into any K-12 classroom, for any academic content area. The workshops were developed at the MIT Edgerton Center, are led by Edgerton Center staff, and are held in our lab/Makerspace in the heart of the MIT campus.
Participants will get the skills they need to be confident, inspired, and ready to create and lead Maker projects.
Who should attend:
Any educators seeking to integrate Maker tools and habits into any K-12 classroom, for any academic content area. This course is designed for educators who lead Maker efforts in their schools by coaching or collaborating with other teachers to carry out Maker projects - e.g. Technology Integration Specialists, STEM Coordinators, and Makerspace Coordinators. A dedicated Makerspace is not required, as long as tools and materials will be available to students in their classrooms. We highly recommend coming in with some Maker experience. Learn and practice with a variety of Maker tools at our day-long Maker Skills workshops. We offer these workshops spring, summer, and fall. The summer Master Making in the Classroom session follows a full series of Maker skills workshops. Join us for only one or the full set.
Master Making in the Classroom is limited to 20 participants, and 3 per school district.
Tentative Schedule Options:
Master Making Section A - Fall 2020, Late September start
Each class meets for a full day from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm with a 45-minute break for lunch.
Day 1: Wednesday, September 30 Day 2: Wednesday, October 7
Day 3: Thursday, November 5 Day 4: Thursday, December 3
Master Making Section B - Fall 2020, Mid October start
Each class meets for a full day from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm with a 45-minute break for lunch.
Day 1: Thursday, October 15 Day 2: Thursday, October 22
Day 3: Tuesday, November 17 Day 4: Tuesday, December 15
What you will Do and Learn:
- Master our Maker Methodology and the mindset embedded in it. Learn to use our Maker project design tools and practices for your own classroom, as well as coaching and supporting other educators in your community.
- Design engaging Maker projects. Draw inspiration from successful project samples, and create prototypes in our well-stocked Makerspace
- Put together your own project outlines and daily plans. Our tools will get you started and highlight key practices for facilitating Maker Projects.
- Get answers to questions about Maker technologies. The course leaders have extensive experience with Maker tools and materials and are easily reachable by email.
- Join an enthusiastic Community of Practice. Participating educators will have regular on-line communication to share experiences, ideas, and resources, and support each other as Master Makers during the MMC experience and moving forward.
- Build capacity in your district. Participants can refer colleagues to our day-long Maker skills workshops with a 20% discount during the 2020-2021 school year.
What past participants say about their Master Making experience:
- "I gained so much from the ability to brainstorm projects and share knowledge with fellow makers through this course... It is also wonderful to continue to have the community available via e-mail for any questions or concerns. "
- “I can vouch for how great it is. Going to MIT, working with other maker/educators and getting to know Diane and Leilani, as well as the other participants, was fantastic. It was great to develop a network of practitioners and to get to know them and their work within their own schools. I don't know about you, but I feel like I have received a lot of "101-level" PD opportunities, this course provides the next level of thinking about what we do every day and adds in a curricular design piece. I really miss not going this year!!”
- "I always came back [to school] with ideas to think about which developed over time to actual projects."
- "I am better able to assist teachers in setting realistic goals for projects given time constraints, resources, expectations..."
- "I am more organized and share documentation with the collaborative teachers to keep the original vision and timeline intact."
- "Just knowing that I have a network of support has increased my confidence."
- "I have a system in place for assisting teachers with planning and assessment and helping students to execute projects."
- "...a real game changer in terms of pushing lessons into new places, and allowed for some really great collaborative ideas...
Registration and Payment
The cost for the series of workshops is $825 per person and includes all materials and supplies for projects. Coffee and snacks are provided. We take a short break for lunch, and recommend you bring your own. Lunches are also available nearby at several campus cafes. Participants should bring their own laptops and will have access to WiFi.
Attendance for the workshops is limited to 20 participants. Registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and is guaranteed once final payment is received. Payment can be made online by credit card when registering for the workshops. Alternatively, payment can be made by purchase order, check, or money order made out to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Credit card payments are received immediately while checks and purchase orders can take up to ten days. Instructions for paying by purchase order, check, or money order are indicated in the online registration.
Payment must be received in full 5 days before the workshop otherwise the spot may be forfeited to another participant or school on the waitlist.
Our mailing address is:
MIT Edgerton Center, Attn. Sandra Lipnoski,
77 Massachusetts Ave.,
Cambridge, MA 02139
Schedule, Transportation, Parking, and Notes
Each of the 4 workshops in this series meets from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm with a 45 minute lunch break. Coffee/snacks will be available at 8:15 am.
Workshops are held in the historic MIT Edgerton Center Student Project Lab (4-409) in Strobe Alley, a scene of experiential learning activities for decades. This is 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 transportation is convenient and recommended. Parking permits can be purchased for $32.00 per day by obtaining a parking permit online five business days in advance.
We offer workshops throughout out the school year and summer. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with comments or with the following information for our mailing list: Name, title/role, email address, school name, school location, school grades, school type (public, charter, independent), and some info about your Makerspace.
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.
The workshop is developed and led by Diane Brancazio and Leilani Roser, with help from Chris Mayer and a team of experts at the MIT Edgerton Center.
Diane is passionate about the potential of Makerspaces to improve education. She works intensively to support teachers integrating maker into their regular curriculum and in using makerspaces to engage and empower students.
Her formal technical training includes a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Working as a product design consultant at several engineering companies, she developed skills in creative problem solving, project management, and fabrication. Diane went into education as a career after serving as an instructor for summer programs at the Edgerton Center. She has now returned with 15 years of experience in teaching technology and engineering design, computer science, and general science in public middle and high-school classrooms.
Along with Ed Moriarty, Diane also teaches a first-year advising seminar entitled “Engineering, Art, and Science."
Leilani Roser began her career in the sciences as a field research assistant before earning her BS in Biological Sciences at UC Davis and moving into pharmaceutical research. When pipetting drugs onto cells failed to provide the same thrills as trapping and tracking wild mammals, she became a teacher.
Leilani has now worked in STEM education as a teacher and consultant since 2009, including 3 years teaching Biology in Boston Public Schools. At the Edgerton Center, she lends her experience in STEM teaching and program design to the K-12 Maker programming, supporting K-12 educators in designing and implementing Maker projects in core curriculum.
When not in the Makerspace, she can be found teaching drums and electronics to the next generation of noisemakers at Girls Rock Campaign Boston.
Edgerton Center Staff and Students
Workshops will have the assistance of several Edgerton Center staff members and MIT students that are skilled in digital fabrication tools, hand tools, and electronics.
Find free resources for educators at our K-12 Maker site.