Build a Better Book Project
The Build a Better Book project works with school and library makerspaces to engage youth in the design and fabrication of inclusive media, including picture books, games and graphics. Using both low- and high-tech makerspace tools, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, Makey Makeys, conductive boards and craft materials, youth design, fabricate, test and refine multi-modal books, games and STEM graphics that incorporate tactile and audio features. These products are designed by and for learners with visual impairments as well as other physical and learning disabilities. Dr. Forsyth is the director at CU Science Discovery, a K-12 STEM education outreach program.
Dr. Stacey Forsyth is the director at CU Science Discovery, a K-12 STEM education outreach program based at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has more than 15 years of experience overseeing STEM education initiatives, including summer camps, after school classes and community outreach programs. She has managed the Build a Better Book project for the past five years, connecting interested makers and educators with community partners to help address real-world needs.
Dr. Kathryn Penzkover is the Assistant Director at CU Science Discovery, a K-12 STEM education outreach program based at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Co-Lead of the Build a Better Book project. Kathryn’s educational background is in Biological and Chemical Engineering and she brings a creative engineering perspective to a wide array of STEM and maker education programs for K-12 students and teachers.