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Making Hope Happen: Empowerment in a Makerspace

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Participate and share : Poster

Tuesday, June 25, 4:00–6:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 29

Maria Delgado   Sarah Emerson   Dorothy Sauls  
Learn about one school's makerspace and its five-year plan to become an empowering learning environment. See how the space was designed and how co-teaching and co-learning are empowering teachers, learners and the greater community. Learn about data and reflection protocols, student samples and project ideas.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The goal of our makerspace is to empower learners to make things they are deeply connected to. By adopting and re-purposing the word “MAKE” from our district’s motto of “Making Hope Happen,” we have turned our makerspace into an empowering learning space within a community in need.

Participants will learn about how the physical space was designed and built. Learning simply how to use machines and equipment in the lab are not the end goal, rather they are tools we use frequently to aid in the development of a variety of academic, social, and emotional skills. Participants will learn how we use rubrics and surveys to assess and reflect upon our teaching and learning practices in the lab. Participants will also walk away with a wide array of project ideas that bridge content standards with topics such as animatronics, digital fabrication, career exploration, and career pathways.

Supporting research
Bull, G., Chiu, J. L., Berry, R. Q. & Lipson, H. (2013). Advancing children’s engineering through desktop manufacturing. J. Spector, M. Merrill, J. Elen, and M. J. Bishop (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology (4th ed.).
Chiu, J. L., Bull, G., Berry, R. Q. & Kjellstrom, W. (2012). Teaching engineering design with digital fabrication: imagining, creating, and refining ideas. To appear in N. Levine & C. Mouza (Eds.) Emerging Technologies for the Classroom: A Learning Sciences Perspective. Springer Science.
MARTINEZ, SYLVIA LIBOW. STAGER, GARY S. INVENT TO LEARN: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. CONSTRUCTING MODERN KNOWL, 2016.
“Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for FabLabs and Makerspaces.” The "Unstructured Classroom" and Other Misconceptions about Constructivist Learning | FabLearn Fellows,

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Maria Delgado, Garner Holt Education through Imaginatio
Sarah Emerson, Bing Wong Elementary/SBCUSD

Sarah Emerson is the co-founder and program facilitator of the iSTEAM Lab at Bing Wong Elementary School in San Bernardino, CA. Sarah Emerson is a Stanford FabLearn Fellow. While under her direction and leadership, the iSTEAM Lab won the National School of TechXellence Award in the category of Makerspace.

Dorothy Sauls, Bing Wong Elementary

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