12 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
Emilia Approach, breakthroughs in science education and the
global maker movement [are] combine[d] to create rich learning
experiences for the participants.” (Source: inventtolearn.com)
2. Make Making Happen Workshop for STEMTeachersNYC. This
local organization is dedicated to the interchange and interaction
among teachers of various STEM disciplines. Their general
purpose is to cultivate excellence in STEM teaching and to
promote learning, self-confidence and success for all students. In
this half-day workshop, educators visited the 97th Street Fab Lab
to not only explore the various tools available for maker
educators but to collaborate on both low-resolution and high-resolution projects to enhance or extend the curriculum.
D. Design Do Discover
This two-day workshop, co-coordinated with the Castilleja School of Palo
Alto, California served as the capstone event for the Making and Learning
Institute. The workshops brought together educators who are passionate
about hands-on learning, as well as the practical implementation of these
experiences in the classroom. In particular, the focus is on the infusion of
digital fabrication, making, and physical computing projects into the daily
life of the K-12 school.
The objectives of the workshop were:
1. Provide an overview of digital fabrication labs and maker spaces
and the types of projects that can be done in these spaces.
2. Learn about the different models adopted by schools to integrate
these learning spaces into the curriculum.
3. Collaborate in teams to identify, ideate, and prototype hands-on
projects relevant to their teaching.
4. Gain hands-on experience with major tools found in a digital
fabrication lab, such as the laser cutter, 3D printer, and
5. Meet like-minded educators and become part of a community of
fabbers and makers working in education.