The Mad Scientist vs.The Mad Maker

Location: Room 217BC

Participate and share

[Participate and share : Interactive lecture]

Monday, June 26, 10:30–11:30 am
Location: Room 217BC

Colleen Graves   Nicholas Provenzano  
Join "The Nerdy Teacher," aka Nicholas Provenzano, and maker teacher librarian, aka Colleen Graves, for an interactive session exploring and experimenting with maker and STEAM ideas that will help you explore curriculum connections.

Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Access to
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Constructivist learning/maker movement
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Students : Innovative designer
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand
Related exhibitors: Makey Makey , LEGO Education , littleBits

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of the presentation is to expose educators to the world of STEAM and Making. The presentation will allow attendees to see both ideas side by side and understand the different tools available to them to use with students. The presentation will be fun and approachable so newcomers to Making and STEAM can see what is being shared and feel like they can try some of it once they get back to their classroom.


Audience participation is a MUST. Together we will explore connecting authentic classroom experiences with : LEGO tinkering, Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey, littleBits, Scratch Programming,hacking recyclables, 3D Design and Printing, and Soft circuits.

Colleen and Nick will bring half-baked prototypes with different Maker and STEAM tools to share curriculum connections with making. Throughout this interactive lecture, the audience will experience STEAM and Maker activities like paper circuits, Makey Makey, Raspberry Pi, coding, and much more! Throughout the experience of tinkering and exploring with "mad maker Nicholas" and the "mad scientist Colleen" the audience will realize the common ground and beautiful blending of STEAM and Maker worlds that is a makerspace.

The time will be dictated by the interest and questions from the audience. The session will participant driven and focus on their needs.

Participants will shift from tinkering to questioning and finding out how to incorporate all of these activities into their classroom curriculum or library makerspace.

Supporting research

-Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom, by Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez
-Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators, edited by Margaret Honey and David E Kanter
-The Makerspace Playbook
- How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education, by Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez
-The Maker Education Initiative



Colleen Graves, JoyLabz

Colleen Graves is a teacher librarian obsessed with making stuff. She writes about what goes on in her library makerspace on her blog at and is also co-author of The Big Book of Makerspace Projects, Challenge Based Learning in the Library Makerspace, and 20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius. She can be found on Twitter @gravescolleen and Instagram @makerteacherlibrarian.

Nicholas Provenzano, University Liggett School

Nicholas Provenzano is a Technology Integration Specialist and Makerspace Director, education blogger, and nerdy Maker. He writes on his website,,, the ISTE blog, as well as other prominent educational websites. He was awarded the Technology Teacher of the Year by MACUL and ISTE. Nicholas is an Google Certified Innovator, TEDEd Innovative Educator, and a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. Above everything else, he is just a nerdy teacher trying to make a difference in the classroom. You can find his newest book, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, online. Nicholas can be found tweeting plenty of nerdy ideas on Twitter at @TheNerdyTeacher

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June 25-28, 2017

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