The Nuts And Bolts Of Starting And Running An Integrated K-8 Maker Program
In this workshop, Rick will go over how to start and run a maker program in a K-8 school environment. As a maker educator, Rick creates making programs for K-8 students both in-person and during remote learning. He is a passionate educator and the developer of the “Compressed Air Rocket” kit, which is a long standing Maker Faire Bay Area favorite. Rick will share his favorite tools, projects, best practices and how he has built a maker program from scratch in the past five years at a public K-8 school. There will be plenty of time for Q & A and he will provide lots of practical resources for you to take and use on your own.
After teaching middle school language arts and social students for 23 years, Rick was hired to start the maker program at a new K-8 STEAM School opening in his district in San Jose, CA. Now 6 years in, teaching over 350 students a week, Rick is continuing to improve and grow his program. Rick’s a lifelong maker and has been involved in the maker movement through his involvement with Maker Faire and writing many articles and two books for Make: His current projects include DIY R/C airplanes, rockets, bench top manufacturing and electronics.