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!
After a deep dive into the many varied options under the maker space umbrella on Day 1, you’ll enter Day 2 with a better sense of the powerful critical thinking and problem solving skills that can develop from maker spaces.
The second day will focus on how you can achieve these advantages in your own school, classroom, or library. You’ll learn how you can begin to implement these ideas and plan to start–or expand–your own maker space. We’ll discuss critical topics including best practices, budgeting, how/when to assess students (and the program), connecting your maker space to content standards, and getting administrative buy-in.
You’ll leave with an action plan that is tailored to your specific situation–even if you have limitations based on storage space, budget, or access to tech. This action plan will guide you in the next steps to making your maker space a feasible and sustainable reality. You will also leave with relevant maker space ideas and activities that you can implement right away.