Anne Schneeman Dougherty, Engineering Teacher, Benide-St. Margaret’s
Justin Spencer, Associate Director of Education, The Bakken Museum
Nicole Koen, Makerspace Coordinator, Mounds Park Academy
Jenna Laleman, STEAM Teacher, Nativity of Our Lord School
Embracing the Maker Movement at Your School: Designing a Purposeful Makerspace
Does your school have a makerspace, FabLab, hackerspace or are you thinking about creating one? In this seminar we will consider the philosophy behind makerspace learning environments through hands-on experiences and discussion. Maker education is fundamentally about approaches, mindsets, and community–more than it is about stuff. Yet, we know that educators need support, tools, and resources to fully participate. Discussion will include defining your school’s maker philosophy, research behind this popular movement in STEM education, guidelines for outfitting your makerspace, and the role of teachers, school leadership, parents and other stakeholders in creating a culture that supports making.
Anne has 20+ years (but who’s counting) creative problem solving in communications, technology, research, robotics and education. In 2016 she founded the Nativity Creative Learning Lab (a STEAM initiative at a large Catholic elementary school) focused on using Maker Education to prepare students to be fearless and persistent learners. She also teaches engineering at Benilde St. Margaret’s in Minneapolis (which includes frustrating students to tears some days). Along with her co-teachers, she’ll be taking 20+ students to Australia this summer for the international RoboCup Rescue competition.
Justin is the Associate Director of Education at The Bakken Museum, where he has been leading youth invention programs and summer camps for more than a decade. In addition, Justin serves on MISF’s STEM Advisory Committee. He has also worked as a high school physics and electronics teacher, and holds a degree in physics from the University of Minnesota.
Nicole runs the AnnMarie Thomas Makerspace at Mounds Park Academy. She is an experienced maker and lifelong learner filling shoes that are too big, but wearing them with a smile and loving every minute of it! The AnnMarie Thomas Makerspace is a place for the community (at MPA and beyond) to dream, imagine, share, grow, innovate, play, and inspire one another. It is the only PreK-12 creative center of its kind in the Twin Cities.
Jenna is the STEAM specialist at Nativity of our Lord Catholic School in Saint Paul. She works with preschool-6th grade students during the school day and after school, balancing time between a computer lab setting and the school’s Makerspace area, the Creative Learning Lab. Additionally, she is a mentor for one of the school’s all-girls First robotics teams. Jenna is passionate about offering students opportunities to work collaboratively and grow in creative confidence as independent problem-solvers. She loves to learn from and with her students daily!