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Project-Based Learning and Makerspaces Across the Curriculum

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Wednesday, December 2, 2:30–3:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Nicholas Provenzano  
The maker movement has started to spread across the country, but many educators think makerspaces are for STEM only. We'll share first-hand experience of integrating project-based learning to help all content areas use makerspaces to support student learning.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Maker activities & programs
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The session will explain how technology can support Project Based Learning in the classroom and how a Makerspace can allow teachers to expand their lessons to allow for diverse creations from students to demonstrate understanding of the content covered across the curriculum.

Tools in a makerspace will be discussed and will include, but not be limited to, cardboard, 3D printers, duct tape, laser cuttters, Play-Doh, and much, much more.

Teachers will walk out of the session feeling much more comfortable using their school's makerspace or excited to start the conversation about creating a makerspace in their own school.


What is PBL?

What is a Makerspace?

How can the two be connected?

How can all content areas get the most out of PBL and Makerspaces?

Example projects from across curricular areas.

Resources to support further learning on the subject of PBL and Makerspaces.

Supporting research

Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces
The Maker Mentality
Invent to Learn - ASCD on PBL

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Nicholas Provenzano, University Liggett School

Nicholas Provenzano is the technology coordinator and makerspace director at University Liggett School in Michigan. He’s also an author, makerspace builder, international keynote speaker and consultant. He writes for his website,, and many other prominent education websites. Provenzano has been featured on CNN, in Education Week and by a number of other media outlets. He’s been recognized as the Technology Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) and earned the Outstanding Teacher Award from ISTE. Provenzano is a Google Certified Innovator, ASCD Emerging Leader, Microsoft Minecraft Mentor, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Sphero Hero, Adobe Education Leader and a TEDEd Innovative Educator. His bestselling books are Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, The Maker Mentality and Beyond the Poster Board.

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