TCEA Makers – A hands-on learning experience in classrooms and libraries across the country, the maker movement is giving students and teachers the time and space they need to learn, imagine, and create. Whether hi-tech, low-tech, or some of both, you can offer engaging learning activities that develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. After a fun day of the hands-on TCEA Maker experience and a second day really diving deep into the realities of implementation, you’ll leave ready to create your own. We’ll bring all the supplies (and lunch); all you need to bring is your creativity and curiosity!
In order to truly appreciate the maker movement, you need to experience it for yourself, and TCEA has just the setup for you. On Day 1, you’ll explore our 12 maker places:
Visual Arts – Get your props on and get ready to make movie magic as you step in front of the green screen to create commercials, news alerts, and other short films.
Build it – Use Legos and KEVA planks to build cleverly designed contraptions and structures. You’ll even have the chance to turn a regular object like a banana into a functional tool like a drumstick using Makey Makey technology.
Coding – Coding can be fun for all ages, as you’ll soon discover by using Scratch, Scratch Jr. and Bloxels to create your own stories and games by manipulating colored blocks.
Flexible Making – As a solid basis for any maker space, it’s hard to beat the versatility and fun of origami paper, duck tape, and pipe cleaners to create cool, new inventions.
Robots – Any day when you get hands-on with robots like BeBot, Sphero, Ozobot, and Dot and Dash is a pretty great day. Make friends with these machines and learn how to program basic commands.
Repurpose – Even with all the other fancy resources you can have in a maker space, cardboard is still king when it comes to limitless options for creativity. You’ll learn how to repurpose k-cups and cardboard to create anything under the sun.
Bead it! – TCEA’s resident beading experts will be on site to teach you how to use beads to create jewelry.
Even More Making – Here you’ll learn about the tools so cool that they defy categorization. Get to know Osmo, which enables you to interact with an iPad beyond the bounds of the screen, the balance game, Suspend, and much more!
Circuitry – Learning electronics safely can be a blast with tools like chibitronics, littleBits, Snap circuits, and squishy circuits.
Fiber Arts – Embrace your inner weaver and create fun creations with yarn through crocheting and weaving.
3-D Printing – Discover the amazing utility of 3D printing. You’ll get an in-depth tutorial on the technology and how to use TinkerCad to create and produce whatever you like.
Drones – Can you fly the drone through the hula hoop obstacle course? Either way, it’s always fun to try!