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Saturday, May 12
 

10:00am

Keynote: For the Love of Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

John Umekubo currently serves as the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the Westside Neighborhood School. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Technology at the St. Matthews Parish School for 13 years, during which he developed the school’s robust makerspace and maker program. John is also a current board member at the reDiscover Center, an education-focused and arts-integrated community makerspace for youth.

Additionally, over the last 2 decades, John Umekubo has been sought after by schools in the LA region and around the country as a consultant. He has helped organizations work through the challenges of implementing design thinking, personalized learning and maker education, project-based learning, and the integration of mobile devices in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for John Umekubo

John Umekubo

Los Angeles
John Umekubo currently serves as the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the Westside Neighborhood School. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Technology at the St. Matthews Parish School for 13 years, during which he developed the school’s now robust makerspace and... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
CTL 2nd Floor

11:00am

Maker Ed: The Trojan Horse for SEL
Limited Capacity seats available

Maker education is the Trojan horse for Social Emotional Learning. Why does the act of building and creating have such a profound impact on children? It is its innate ability to teach the five tenets of social emotional learning, self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making, in a highly engaging way. Most educators attending the conference are already developing these skills in their students and may not even be aware of it. This presentation will point out to educators what they are already doing with K-8 grade spans and how they can expand on it. Additionally these tips will help educators explain the value of their program to administrators, parents and community members. Demonstrating how maker education can accomplish other school goals is valuable to anyone seeking to make their program sustainable.

Speakers
avatar for Hilary Fenton

Hilary Fenton

Design & Innovation Instructor, Sea Crest School
Hilary Fenton is in her fifth year as a maker educator after working in technology for several years. She has a BFA in Fine Art from Pitzer College (CA), an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design (NY) and a teaching credential from Notre Dame du Namur University... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
485 Science building (second floor - north end)

11:00am

Maker Meets Mind, Brain, and Education Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Design thinking and the maker mindset build upon research-informed strategies from Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) Science. Come learn about the intersection of neuroscience, education, psychology, making and design. This interactive session will draw heavily on work from the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) and the book Neuroteach. Topics will include the importance of student choice, arts integration, cultivating a “yet sensibility” and teaching and assessing in multiple modalities.

Speakers
avatar for Anneke Emerson

Anneke Emerson

Chief Innovation Officer, Viewpoint School
Anneke Emerson is the Chief Innovation Officer at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, CA. This role includes information and education technology, curriculum design, professional development and classroom teaching.  Previously, she served as Assistant Head of School and Dean of Technology... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
CTL 2nd Floor

11:00am

Design Thinking and Civic Engagement
Limited Capacity filling up

How can we help young people expand their approach to solving problems in their community? How might community engagement practices benefit from a human centered design process? Join us to discuss the natural and meaningful connection between the design thinking process and civic engagement. Using examples of student projects from the course Senior Capstone: Civic Engagement and Social Innovation at Windward School, we will explore how pressing social issues in our community can be better understood through interviewing, brainstorming, iteration, prototyping and feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Jennie Willens

Jennie Willens

Windward School
Jennie Willens has worked in Independent Schools in Los Angeles since 2002. As an arts educator, she built performing arts programs and directed productions at Brentwood School (grades K - 12) focused on interdisciplinary learning, diversity in the classroom and connecting the skills... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
CREATE Studio (810) 800 building (facing the bridge)

11:00am

Getting Started with SLA Resin 3D Printing
Limited Capacity seats available

You may have seen the high quality and fine detail of resin 3D prints and wondered what was involved in getting started with it. This session will go over the differences between creating something with filament-based printers and SLA and discuss the workflow and expertise needed. The presenters will NOT assume that you have used a 3D printer before, and will talk about the relative strengths and issues with a resin 3D printer. If you are thinking about making jewelry or fine detail parts, you will be particularly interested in this.

Speakers
avatar for Rich Cameron

Rich Cameron

Rich Cameron is a co-founder of Nonscriptum LLC 3D printing and maker tech consultants, founded in 2015 in Pasadena. Rich (known online as “Whosawhatsis”) is an experienced open source developer who has been a key member of the RepRap 3D-printer development community for many years He designed the RepRap Wallace and Bukito... Read More →
avatar for Joan Horvath

Joan Horvath

Co-founder, Nonscriptum LLC
Joan Horvath is a co-founder of Nonscriptum LLC. This Pasadena-based consulting and training firm was founded in early 2015 and focuses on teaching educators and scientists how to use maker tech. Joan is an MIT alumna, recovering rocket scientist and educator, with a position as a Core Adjunct faculty member for National University... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
470 Science building (second floor - middle)

11:00am

Michigan Tech's Genuinely Self Replicating RepRap 3D Printer
Limited Capacity seats available

Members of the Pearce Lab at Michigan Technological University have been offering teacher workshops on the assembly of a delta RepRap 3D printer named Athena 2014.  Participant teaching levels range from K-12 through university, and everyone walks away with a printer. Every aspect of Athena is open source.  The frame can be constructed from plywood, and the printer can replicate all of its plastic parts. Athena can print designs created in open source CAD programs, and has its own open source interface named Franklin. Parts for the printer can be accessed locally, and "build" instructions are online.  Operating costs include filament, glue sticks, and electricity.  That's it!  The Michigan Tech mentors feel the Athena is one of the world's most easily assembled 3d printers.  It can be built by an individual or by a class.  Nothing to sell, no smoke, no mirrors!  This is 3D printing at the grassroots!

Speakers
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Doug Foster

member, The Lab


Saturday May 12, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
455 Science building (second floor - south end)

11:35am

The Library, Not Just for Books
Limited Capacity seats available

Taking a look at the role the Library plays in the development and running of a Makerspace and how to infuse Social Emotional Learning.

Speakers
avatar for Velear Schruupp

Velear Schruupp

Library Director, TVT Community Day School
Velear Schrupp is the Library Director and a member of TVT’s Innovation team. This is her first year at TVT and she oversees the running of the day­to­day operations for the Lower and Upper School Libraries. She works with TK­12, creating dynamic learning spaces and is in the... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 11:35am - 11:50am
485 Science building (second floor - north end)

11:35am

Predator-Prey Simulations using Python and Jupyter Notebook
Limited Capacity seats available

Both Mirman's Director of Technology and 7th grade science teacher are data nerds. While looking for a way to integrated computational data analysis with the life science curriculum, we happened upon the idea of using Jupyter Notebooks to guide the inquiry and teaching of these tools. Jupyter allows text/images to coexist with executable code, resulting in a "literate program" that reasons its way through the code. In this case, students reasoned their way toward using the Lotka-Volterra model to simulate how predator and prey populations in a given ecosystem correlate.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Taggart

Michael Taggart

Director of Technology, Mirman School
Michael Taggart is Director of Technology and Chair of Education Technology for Mirman School. Since 2011, he has worked in independent schools to improve the implementation of technology from both infrastructural and instructional perspectives. A self-taught programmer using freely-available... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 11:35am - 12:05pm
470 Science building (second floor - middle)

11:35am

3D Printing Curriculum
Limited Capacity filling up

Get inspired by how 3D printers are being used in the classroom, and walk away with resources for 3D printing and design curriculum aligned to CORE standards.

Speakers
avatar for Mara Hitner - Matter Hackers

Mara Hitner - Matter Hackers

Matter Hackers
Mara Hitner  It's never too late to decide what you want to be when you grow up.  After 16 years in advertising sales, Mara became obsessed with 3D printing, and inspired by the possibilities it held for the future of personal manufacturing.  Director of Business Development for... Read More →
avatar for Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Heather Wolpert-Gawron

teacher/coach, Jefferson Middle School
Heather Wolpert-Gawron is an award-winning middle school teacher and PBL coach. She was the 2013 Department of Education Profiled Connected Educator as well as the San Gabriel Valley CUE Teacher of the Year for 2009.  Heather is the author of Just Ask Us: Kids Speak Out on Stude... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 11:35am - 12:05pm
CREATE Studio (810) 800 building (facing the bridge)

11:35am

Which Microcontroller Board is Right for Me?
Limited Capacity filling up

There are many different microcontroller development boards available for electronics projects today. How do you choose which one is right for your project? What's the difference between an Arduino and a Raspberry Pi? 8-bit or 32-bit? Sewable or breadboardable? Do I need to learn to solder? I'll help you answer questions like these.

Speakers
avatar for Rich Cameron

Rich Cameron

Rich Cameron is a co-founder of Nonscriptum LLC 3D printing and maker tech consultants, founded in 2015 in Pasadena. Rich (known online as “Whosawhatsis”) is an experienced open source developer who has been a key member of the RepRap 3D-printer development community for many years He designed the RepRap Wallace and Bukito... Read More →
avatar for Simon Huss

Simon Huss

STEAM Director, Windward School


Saturday May 12, 2018 11:35am - 12:05pm
455 Science building (second floor - south end)

12:05pm

LUNCH
Saturday May 12, 2018 12:05pm - 12:20pm
TBA

12:10pm

How CS and STEAM Relate to Everything
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will develop a deeper understanding of CS and STEAM education. They will have the opportunity share their struggles and learn new ways to integrate CS and STEAM framework in their daily lessons.

Speakers

Saturday May 12, 2018 12:10pm - 12:40pm
TBA

12:10pm

Maker Classes at Windward
Limited Capacity seats available

Maker classes shift the focus from academic content/standards to focus on the Making skills and process itself. Listen to Windward’s Maker Educators discuss their classes: from successes to challenges, what projects they do and what they hope the students will take away from their experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Max Nishimura

Max Nishimura

Resident Tinkerer, Windward School
Max Nishimura currently holds the position of Resident TInkerer at Windward School’s CREATE Studio. After earning his degree in Sociology at Berkeley, Max served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Maker Guilds, a local nonprofit that brought STEAM and Making opportunities to underserved... Read More →
avatar for Regina Rubio

Regina Rubio

Lab Manager, Windward School
avatar for Jenn Zanoria

Jenn Zanoria

EdTech Coordinator, Windward School


Saturday May 12, 2018 12:10pm - 12:40pm
TBA

12:45pm

Lamps!
Limited Capacity filling up

In this interactive session, we will design and build functional lamps. We’ll start with a brief presentation of student work and a demonstration on light and socket wiring. Participants will then design and build a lamp using a variety of materials and be able to take their creations home at the end of the session.

Speakers
KT

Katie thoma

3D Design techer, Windward School


Saturday May 12, 2018 12:45pm - 2:30pm
960 900 building (Design Studio - near plaza)

12:45pm

Using Hummingbird Robotics for Content-Specific Concepts
Limited Capacity seats available

How can we leverage the use of coding/robotics to enhance the student learning experience in any discipline? How do we teach coding to a differentiated group? Based on a project completed in the 8th grade science classes at Windward, in which students designed interactive museum exhibits on various Earth Science concepts, this workshop will walk its participants through the experience of introducing coding and robotics for the purpose of completing a content-focused project. Participants will get a chance to design and build their own Hummingbird project based on a content-specific concept of their choice.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Kloeker

Kevin Kloeker

Teacher, Windward School
avatar for Geraldine Loveless

Geraldine Loveless

Science and Technology Teacher, Windward School
Geraldine Loveless encourages students to explore science concepts and utilize tech tools to apply these understandings to real life challenges.  Her students work with apps, software, and lab experiments to explore problems and develop understandings, then use 3D design, 3D printing... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 12:45pm - 2:30pm
455 Science building (second floor - south end)

12:45pm

ATTINY45 Programmable Circuits: Let’s Get Small!
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will get exposure to the AutoDesk circuits editor now wrapped into the TinkerCAD platform and see how powerful this emulator can be in the classroom. Once circuits are prototyped in the simulator, attendees will build the physical circuits on small breadboards and program an ATTINY microcontroller using the Arduino environment and see their circuit come to life!
While no prior experience is required, some exposure to using a breadboard for circuit prototyping would be beneficial. Concepts covered are part of an 8th grade curriculum. A laptop with Google Apps account required for logging in to the TinkerCAD interface, unless attendee already has TinkerCAD account set up.

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Moredock

Cameron Moredock

Director of Innovation and Design, Redwood Day School
While many kids of the 80’s played with Atari video consoles and Star Wars figurines, Cameron Moredock tinkered with his environment. Bales of hay were his building blocks and the stream that ran through the school property was his power source. As a grown-up kid, Cameron is the... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 12:45pm - 2:30pm
470 Science building (second floor - middle)

12:45pm

Micro:bit and Circuit Playground Hands On Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

Explore Micro:bit and/or Circuit Playground Express to see how you might integrate the use of either into your curriculum. During this hands-on workshop, you will have a chance to TINKER, MAKE, and INNOVATE as you consider a place to integrate these easy to use, programmable tools into your curriculum. Join us to reinvent part of your curriculum and provide your students an opportunity to explore the world of physical computing while exercising their creativity and coding skills.
There will be 6 Micro:bit and 6 Circuit Playground Express boards available. Please bring your own if you have them.

Speakers
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Dori Friedman

EdTech and MakerEd Coordinator, Crossroads Middle School
Dori Friedman is a passionate and collaborative teacher and tech integration specialist at Crossroads Middle School in Santa Monica. She also inspired and created their Maker Space which is considered an extension to each Middle School Classroom. She considers herself to be a lifelong... Read More →
avatar for Rob Morrill

Rob Morrill

Maker Lab Coordinator, St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School
Rob Morril is the Maker Lab Coordinator at St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School. He works with students in grades 1-8 to foster the maker mentality in areas like electronics, fabric arts, coding, robotics, cardboard fabrication, 3D printing, and more.


Saturday May 12, 2018 12:45pm - 2:30pm
CREATE Studio (810) 800 building (facing the bridge)

12:45pm

Power Tool Safety for Grades 2-8
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the safe operation of drills, saws, and accompanying tools so you can be confident in your own woodworking. reDiscover will share its model for establishing a safety culture, techniques for teaching students ages 7-14 how to safely and correctly use basic power tools, and guidelines for overseeing makerspace or classroom based woodworking activities to ensure student safety.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Bijir

Jonathan Bijir

Jonathan Markowitz Bijur is the Executive Director of reDiscover Center, a kids' makerspace and creative reuse materials warehouse in Los Angeles, CA. Jonathan joined reDiscover as a Tinkering Facilitator in 2010 and has been Executive Director since 2014. He is a founding facilitator... Read More →
avatar for Barb Noren

Barb Noren

Lead Tinkering Facilitator, reDiscover Center
Barb Noren is a maker, educator, and general geek. Barb has been Lead Tinkering Facilitator at reDiscover Center since 2014, and has been involved with STEAM education since 1999. Her work has been shown at Kinetic Show LA, Two Bit Circus’ STEAM Carnival, and the Bay Area Maker... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 12:45pm - 2:30pm
DEW (407) Science building (lower level - north end)

2:40pm

Lighting Up Literature and Writing with LEDs
Limited Capacity seats available

Shine the light on student writing & literature with LED’s! This hands-on STEAM session will demonstrate how to bring light to student creations outside of the science classroom. Learn how to integrate literature and poetry with making. Create your own sample and do this lesson on Monday! No experience needed.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Davis

Catherine Davis

Director of Innovation & Educational Technology, Westside Neighborhood School
Catherine Davis has been a teacher across all grade levels. She holds a B. A and M.A, in History, a Social Science Credential, as well, as an MA in Learning Technology. Besides teaching history/social studies and language arts classes at the middle and high school level, she taught... Read More →
avatar for Elaine Wrenn

Elaine Wrenn

Director of Educational Leadership, Knowing Technologies
Elaine Wrenn serves as the Director of Educational Leadership and Strategy in Southern California at Knowing Technologies. She began her career as a teacher at The Lab School at UCLA and served at Echo Horizon School for 24 years in a variety of roles including Assistant Head of School... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 2:40pm - 4:25pm
470 Science building (second floor - middle)

2:40pm

Sewing with Circuits
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to a hands-on workshop where you’ll learn about wearable technologies. The presenter will first describe her experience launching a new arts elective class to middle-schoolers, “Sewing with Circuits,” then will give attendees a chance to sew their own simple circuit.

Speakers
KT

Katie Topper

Student, Julia Morgan School for Girls
Katie Topper is the Educational Director of Technology at Julia Morgan School for Girls, where she was a founding member. She teaches technology and media literacy and supports teachers with using technology and​ digital​ tools in all classes. Besides launching and overseeing... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 2:40pm - 4:25pm
960 900 building (Design Studio - near plaza)

2:40pm

SPRKing Student Interest in STEM
Limited Capacity seats available

Come explore the Sphero SPRK+ Robot as an interdisciplinary tool for introducing design, coding and data collection into your STEM curriculum. In this hands-on workshop, you will design, build and code a Roman chariot (that’s humanities!) for your Sphero and then analyze the data collect to develop an understanding of science concepts such as kinematics, Newton’s Laws and rotation. You will leave with a collection of coding activities that work across disciplines and across grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Walters

Eric Walters

Director of STEM Education, Marymount School of New York
Eric A. Walters serves as the Director of STEM Education at Marymount School of New York, where he teaches AP Physics, Honors Physics, Atmospheric Science and Videography: Shot on iPhone.  An Apple Distinguished Educator, Eric believes that transformative teaching and learning occurs... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 2:40pm - 4:25pm
485 Science building (second floor - north end)

2:40pm

Tin Can Kinetics, Making Automata Accessible
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We will be making simple crankshaft based toys from readily sourced materials. Using common household items like: tin cans, coat hangers, cardboard boxes and plastic bottles we will make clever machines. Covering the basics of using small tools for forming wire, drilling holes and creating simple crankshafts for our kinetic contraptions. In this fun workshop we will also talk about additional applications for STEAM integration.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Kramer

Aaron Kramer

Artist/Maker/Teacher, Urban Objects
I am a sculptor/painter/inventor/teacher making artwork in Santa Monica, California. I have taught Art and Tinkering to kids from preschool to college. Additionally I teach teachers how to use powertools, safely passing on that knowledge to children. I have been professionally selling... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 2:40pm - 4:25pm
CREATE Studio (810) 800 building (facing the bridge)

4:30pm

Networking / Raffle/ Closing
Discuss the sessions and workshops you attended with colleagues!  
Enjoy an adult beverage!
Win amazing prizes donated by our fantastic sponsors!

Saturday May 12, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
CTL 2nd Floor