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San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)

Feb. 28, 2019

MESI  Panel of Experts

Are you curious about Maker Spaces? Have you thought about creating a maker space in your classroom, school or district? We have compiled a team of experts who will walk you through the process from theory to practice. Learn from experts around the country who are changing the field of education. Learn about hands on learning that change the lives of our children.

SDCOE moderators Jewyl Clarke & Michanne Hoctor-Thompson host Laura Spencer, Ed.D., Josh Weisgrau, and Ed Chagala, Ed.D in sharing their knowledge of best practices and experience. 

Innovation Highlights 

Michael Bruder
Resource Teacher, Innovation and Instruction
Chula Vista Unified School District (CVESD)

Inspired by the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™, CVESD and the City of Chula Vista collaborated to open “Innovation Station” in the basement of the Library’s Civic Center branch. Likewise, "Energy Station" was opened in Muraoka Elementary School in partnership with CVESD, Sempra Energy, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). In this session Michael Bruder shares highlights from these spaces, best practices, and the philosophy behind these innovative makerspaces.  

Empathy Driven Design
Purposeful Making in Elementary Classrooms

Sarah Trueblood
Program Manager, Office of School Innovations
San Diego Unifed School District

Makerspace Virtual Tour
Double Peak K8 School

Christine Dixon
TK-8 Innovation Coordinator
Double Peak K8 School
San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD)

Christine Dixon introduces us to the practical uses and design of the MakerSpace at Double Peak K-8 School located in SMUSD.

Reverse Engineering
Take it Apart, Learn How it Works, Make it Better

Heidi Baynes
Coordinator Educational Technology
Riverside County Office of Education

Do you know someone who likes to break things in order to figure out how they work? Learn about an activity to help engage learners (students or adults) in reverse engineering - take it apart, learn how it works and design it better.

Taking Your Makerspace Mobile
Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD)

Chris Catuara
Coordinator Instructional Technology
Ontario-Montclair School District

The community based "Lightspeed Makerspace" in the Ovitt Family Community Library in Ontario, is the result of a collaboration between OMSD, business owners, college and university leaders, and library administrators. Learn about what innovative spaces and practices are coming out of San Bernadino County. 

STEAM Maker Workshop

Victor Ciccarelli
CEO/Founder at STEAM Maker Workshop

STEAM Maker Workshops help to bring the best of STEAM, STEM and Maker education into the community. This includes: after school programs, school field trips, continuing education for teachers and staff, and summer day camps. Watch our discussion about makerspaces, challenges and Virtual Reality STEAM Maker style.

Explore a Real Life Maker Business
OSML in Vista with Owner Dan Hendricks

Open Source Maker Labs provides resources for its members by making equipment, open source technology, knowledge, and projects more accessible. SDCOE moderators Erin English and Pamela Rabin lead a discussion on maker labs, entreprenurial opportunities, and the educational ramifications. 

Innovation Convention
Imagination, Set Free

The Invention Convention program is designed to activate a FREE project-based learning curriculum through school, state and national showcase events. Join SDCOE moderator Erin English and Brenda Payne from as they disscuss how invention education challenges the workforce of tomorrow to unlock real-world skills for identifying problems, sharing solutions and implementing ideas.

Moving the Rock
Discussion with Author Grant Lichtman

What can you and your school team do to help fundamentally transform our outdated system of education? How are other schools and districts, facing the same obstacles as you, making this shift to a more student-centric, engaging, deeper learning experience? Join SDCOE moderators Pamela Rabin and Erin English as we host a discussion with internationally-recognized thought leader and author Grant Lichtman where we consider and discuss seven "levers" of school transformation that WE can all press, as described in his latest book, Moving the Rock.