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21st Century Schools recognize that a successful Maker/STEAM space is an artful orchestration of people, place and resources that supports the schools vision for learning by doing.


This engaging 2.5-hour session will invite participants to explore different approaches to the implementation of Makers and STEAM spaces. Participants will learn how individual schools have designed, resourced, and utilized these innovative learning spaces.

Whether you are a school that already has such a space, or you have one that needs rethinking, you won’t want to miss this essential professional learning and leadership opportunity. 

Maker and/or STEAM spaces are becoming essential parts of a school’s learning environment.  However, as this is a rapidly evolving area, there are no “blueprints.” For every successful space in a school, there is another that is not being leveraged to its full potential. 

This symposium will prompt thinking and provide ideas to support school-based decisions around their Maker and STEAM spaces.

Symposium Highlights

  • Explore different models for spaces
    • Maker Space as a DT Lab
    • STEAM Lab
    • Elementary Maker Space
    • Secondary Maker Space
    • Maker Space as a Classroom
    • Maker Space as Professional Learning Environment
    • Maker Space for Robotics
  • How do you make spaces sustainable?
  • How do you staff a maker space?
  • How do you schedule a maker spaces such that is leveraged maximally?
  • How is the space used outside of regular class time?
  • What is the mission and vision for your space?

Workshop Structure

  • Keynote By Sylvia Libow Martinez
  • Panel Discussion
  • Three Breakout Sessions (with 12+ options in total)
  • Networking Session

Presenting Schools

SchoolSpaceDescriptionArea of SchoolPresenter/s
Hong Kong International SchoolDesign Garage"Beyond the Classroom" (Innovative Learning Spaces)ElementaryAmy Garrett
International School of AmsterdamDesign LabMiddle School High School Design LabMiddle School, High SchoolJeff Layman
Jakarta Intercultural SchoolMakerspaceElementary Maker SpaceElementaryMindy Slaughter, Jason Graham, Hanna Christina
Stamford American SchoolMakerspace/Innovation CenterK-12 Innovation SpaceElementary & SecondaryPhú Hua
International School BaselRobostadt (German for Robotown)Robotics space for computer science and robotics clubsHigh SchoolRingo Dingrando
Singapore American SchoolMakerspaceMaking Real Things With Real Tools - Building Skilled Makers in ElementaryElementaryShaun Kirkwood
Humphreys Central Elementary School - DoDEAElementaryOutdoor Maker SpaceElementaryRick Taylor & Jennifer Hall
Korea International SchoolDesign SuiteMiddle and High School Robotics and Design MakerspaceMiddle School, High SchoolMichael Bycraft
American School of WarsawDesign CenterDeveloping Elementary and Middle School Design CenterElementary, Middle School, High SchoolReyna Lazarou
NIST, BangkokDesign LabsRobotics in MYP Design CurriculumMiddle School, High SchoolMitch Norris
Keystone AcademyExploratorium, Holodeck, Starburst Lab K-12 Innovation SpacesK-12Sandra Chow & Kivi Liang
The International School of Kuala LumpurMakerspaceSetup/Planning, Safety, Start of the School Year, Design Thinking, Robotics & Coding in the CurriculumElementarySteve Katz
St Peter's Boys Prep SchoolInnovation & Design LabES and MS SpacesElementary, Middle SchoolSean Creamer
American School of DubaiMakerspace Student-Centered, Inclusive, Sustainable Learning SpaceMiddle SchoolCarley Turner
Taipei American SchoolTech CubeSimple Machines at Play, LED/Electronics in Design, Design the Difference, Toy and Game Design, and Robotics.Middle SchoolBecky Maguire

Who Should Attend and Why?

  • Maker Space Coordinators
  • STEM/STEAM Coordinators/Specialists
  • Directors of EdTech / Directors of Innovation
  • Technology Coaches/Integrators
  • Curriculum Coordinators
  • School-Based Leaders 
  • Group Technology Directors
  • Director of Education for School Groups
  • Teachers involved in STEAM or Maker Education

We encourage teams to attend the workshop so they can take advantage of hearing the multiple perspectives presented. This will support schools and their teams in subsequent internal engagements including discussion, design, and undertaking team reflections.

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