From Inspiration to Exhibition: How to Create Real World Projects?

Discover how to harness the power of Scratch, Arduino, 3D printing, and all making skills to support learners in creating real-world projects We would talk about different programs whose goal is to create real-world projects. How do they do it? In which context? What’s their flow? What are students learning? Learn ideas and best practices of how to direct your program to create awesome long-term projects inspired by your students.

DIY 3D Personalized Trivia Board Game

Wouldn't it be amazing to get together with friends and family to play a fun competitive board game -- and that game is based on YOU!? You are the star of the game and everyone playing gets to learn new things they never knew about you! Or maybe not a board game about you personally, but perhaps a game starring one of your kids...or a parent...a BFF....a grandparent - anyone! Welcome to the creative world of Luanga Nuwame's 'Game of YOU!' The Game of YOU! is a fully customized board game experience that can be made about any person. The featured individual is the bonified star of the game. Forget about monopolies and battleships, or hungry mammals and settlers - the person in the room is who everyone is battling to know on a deeper level. All movements, game cards, competitions and interactions are based on that special person. No dice are needed - the game is self-contained! There is simply no other game like this out there and through this course, you will learn all the steps to make a truly fun and interactive 3D game experience. A game like this is more than just an 'ego trip' for the featured individual. Do you have a child with low self-esteem and is struggling to see how awesome he/she really is? This game can be that cathartic step towards deeper personal growth! Do you have a grandparent who has done amazing things the rest of the family should know about? This game is that tribute worthy of the greatest generation and will ensure future generations know of grandpa's/grandma's legacy! Looking for the most unique personal birthday present for a friend or co-worker? Look no further! Heck - do you really love yourself and would like to have a game about your awesomeness? Let's make it happen! The best thing about this course is that you will be provided ALL the templates you need to make the game. By the end of the course, you will have a completed ready-to-play board game that can be customized to your specific tastes. You want to use different color combinations than what instructor Luanga Nuwame uses - no problem! You want to change the order of the playing spaces - go ahead and you'll be shown how! Want to make up new spaces - you will be instructed on how to do that! The whole point is to make a game that is yours to enjoy to the fullest! What will you get as part of this course to use for the rest of eternity?
  • The complete game board template
  • Blank game card templates
  • Instruction manual template (that we will work on together)
  • Spinner template
  • Questionnaire booklets
  • Memories to last for a lifetime (that's added in for free :-D)
Sign up and prepare to learn how to make a board game worthy of any person!

Make: Education Forum

The growth of makerspaces in education was interrupted by the shutdown of schools, libraries, and museums over the last year. Now, as students return to in-person learning, there is an even greater need for maker educators who can provide hands-on making and project-based learning experiences. Making is a practice that can be learned and shared among educators. The Make: Education Forum brings together maker educators of all levels to learn best practices from each other. The Make: Education Forum is a virtual event occurring from September 24th-25th. Throughout the event, practitioners will explore, share and implement programs for making in K-12 education. The forum aims to transform education by focusing on the needs and interests of educators and their students by developing new technical skills and encouraging the process of creative problem-solving. Programming will include “how-to” sessions and workshops that introduce projects and methods that you can use to design or expand your maker program. In addition, it’s a unique opportunity to meet other maker educators as well as expert makers.   Early Bird Tickets are available until 8/15.   Participate in “how-to” sessions that:
  • Incorporate making into existing learning frameworks and subject matter.
  • Explore resources and opportunities for educational makerspaces
  • Teach technical making skills 
  • Help students find and scope local problems that they can work on
  • Explain the steps to produce a School Maker Faire 
  • Provide options for no tech to high tech making
  • Map out fostering the maker mindset in your school community
  • Expand making in libraries, camps, and other out of school settings
  • More!
  Do you have a topic to share with other educators? We invite you to submit a proposal to present.   What is included:
  • Two full days of virtual workshops to explore maker topics, share ideas, exchange tips and tricks and learn from one another
  • One year membership in MAKE: Community/member that includes monthly conversations, access to discussion forums, and a print and digital subscription to Make: magazine
  • Access to all the project videos and other resources from Make: Camp
  • One year subscription to Make Magazine
  • Make: exclusive promotions and savings
If you have concerns about the affordability of the Make: Education Forum, we encourage you to reach out and we will take your situation into consideration. We do not want a registration fee to prevent maker educators from participating; we will work with you on a case-by-case basis to find the appropriate fee and help you attend the Make: Education Forum.
* Tickets are nonrefundable