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Makerspace and Genius Hour at CCA

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Participate and share : Poster

Wednesday, June 26, 8:00–10:00 am
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 43

Anup Somalwar  
Learn how Cornerstone Christian Academy, a K-8 private school in Philadelphia, created an innovative makerspace. See how teachers design makerspace projects related to what students are learning in class. Learn about the school's "genius hour" in which middle school students complete technology-infused makerspace projects with a content-area focus.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Maker activities and programs
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Social studies, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
For Educators:
  • Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: The purpose of this poster session is to inform other educators and administrators about our implementation of makerspace instruction/genius hour and inspire them to start makerspaces in their own schools, particularly those teaching in urban environments. Cornerstone Christian Academy serves a high needs population in Philadelphia: primarily students of color from low SES background. In person, I will be able to elaborate how we navigated some of the challenges in creating a successful makerspace/genius hour project, getting teachers on board, connecting it to the curriculum, and offer suggestions on how they may apply this information to help their school.

Participants will be able to....
- Make connections between makerspace projects and curriculum teachers are currently using in school
-See real world examples of makerspace projects and genius hour projects done by students
-Determine some of the positive benefits of using makerspaces/genius hour on students and teachers
-Navigate some of the challenges in creating successful makerspace/genius hour projects

Supporting research

Meaningful Making Establishing a Makerspace in Your School or Classroom
By: Dr. Janette Hughes, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology

The Genius of Design
By: John Spencer

Project Based Instruction: Creating Excitement for Learning
By: Jennifer Railsback

TED Talk - "Teach Teachers How to Create Magic" - Dr. Chris Emdin

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Anup Somalwar, Edu-Tech Academic Solutions

Anup Somalwar is a Technology Integration Specialist at Edu-Tech Academic Solutions serving two clients: Cornerstone Christian Academy and Westfield Friends School. At CCA, he is responsible for running the school’s K-8 Makerspace and Genius Hour program and helps teachers infuse technology into their curriculum. At Westfield Friends, he currently serves as their primary 4th-8th grade Computer Science instructor. Prior to Edu-Tech, he taught high school mathematics in Philadelphia charter schools, including String Theory High School, and in the Cheltenham School District.

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