Makerspace and Genius Hour at CCA
Participate and share : Poster
Wednesday, June 26, 8:00–10:00 am
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 43
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|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Android, iOS
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Topic:||Maker activities and programs|
|Subject area:||Social studies, STEM/STEAM|
|ISTE Standards:||For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
|Disclosure:||The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session|
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
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
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.