K-12 Maker Workshops

Fall 2018 Maker Workshops for K-12 Educators 


Designing and Operating a Makerspace, with Shop Tool Training
Thursday, October 4 & Tuesday, October 23

Explore resources for design, layout, and safe operation of a Makerspace; receive instruction and practice with tools and materials (including a variety of manual and power tools, materials, and fasteners); and review and discuss project samples. Register online


Laser Cutter, Vinyl Cutter and 2-D Modeling
Wednesday, October 3 & Thursday, December 6

Learn and practice design for laser etching and cutting, design for vinyl/craft cutters, 2-D vector modelling (Inkscape, Gravit, or similar program); explore components, function, materials, and effective use of laser and vinyl cutters; and review and discuss project samples. Register online


3-D Modeling and Printing, Basic
Tuesday, October 2 & Wednesday, December 5

Learn and practice design for 3D printing, solid modeling (Tinkercad or similar introductory program); explore components, function, materials, and effective use of 3D printer; and review and discuss project samples. Register online


Electronics for Makers
Wednesday, October 24

Learn and practice principles of electricity, series and parallel circuits, switches, LEDs, buzzers, wiring materials, soldering, component selection, multi-meters, tools, and techniques; and review and discuss project samples. Register online


Arduino Programming, Basic
Thursday, October 25

Learn and practice coding basics; get introduced to the Arduino microcomputer environment; explore interfacing with basic input devices (such as photocells, light temperature, distance sensors) and output devices (such as servo motors, neopixels, LEDs, speakers); and review and discuss project samples. Register online


Who should attend:

These workshops are for educators setting up school Makerspaces, learning effective ways to use maker technologies, and/or developing technical skills. The workshops are appropriate for teachers of students from grades 3 – 12, and who have tools and materials ranging from portable carts to fledgling makerspaces to full-blown shops.

What you will learn:

Our staff members are experienced educators passionate about the opportunities that maker technologies brings to the classroom. We emphasize hands-on practice and teach each technology through a simple maker project. Participants will leave with confidence, skills, resources, and ideas on how to use maker tools, as well as ideas on incorporating the technologies into the classroom. 


Registration and Payment

The cost for each workshop is $275 per person and includes all materials and supplies for projects. 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.

Attendance for each workshop 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 10 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.,
Room 4-408,
Cambridge, MA  02139

Questions? Email Leilani Rosier at lroser@mit.edu


Schedule, Transportation, Parking, and Notes

Each class is one day, meeting from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm with a half-hour lunch break.  Coffee/snacks will be available at 8:15 am. Lunch will be provided.

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 $29.00 per day by obtaining a parking permit online five business days in advance.

We plan to offer workshops throughout out the school year.  Feel free to contact us at edgerton-k12-maker@mit.edu 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.


Workshop Staff

The workshop is developed and led by Diane Brancazio, with invaluable assistance from Leilani Roser, Chris Mayer, and a team of experts at the MIT Edgerton Center.

Diane Brancazio: Lead Maker Educator

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 popular freshman advising seminar entitled “Engineering, Art, and Science."

Leilani Roser: Maker Educator

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.

Chris Mayer

Chris has worked around and with the Edgerton Center since 2012 and officially joined the staff in 2017.  He works with students on clubs and teams and in maker education programs. Chris believes in using hands-on engineering projects to teach students and teachers how to think critically and solve problems.

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.


Visit our K-12 Maker site to learn more about resources for educators.