Experience the Power of Hands-On Learning: Our Makerspace Returns in 2017!

  • The 2017 California STEAM Symposium Makerspace 

    The Maker Movement is transforming the global economy, changing the face of the workplace, and putting the power of digital manufacturing into the hands of individuals. The skills necessary to thrive in this new environment include creativity, perseverance, collaboration, and critical thinking.


    Maker education offers valuable strategies to help prepare students for this changing world. To help teachers integrate maker education into their practice, the 2017 STEAM Symposium will expand to include more features and partners, with extensive opportunities for hands-on exploration and learning! 


    In 2016, the Makerspace featured:

    • Low-cost, hands-on STEM and NGSS-aligned activities
    • Coding and microcontrollers, including Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and interactive displays
    • Digital manufacturing, including laser cutting, 3D printing, vinyl cutting, and CNC carving
    • Multimedia creation tools, digital story-telling, and documentation


    About Maker Educator Certification for Teachers

    Schools, colleges, and universities across California are committed to helping teachers and students develop these skills and mindsets through Maker education.


    The Maker Educator Certificate Program, developed through a partnership between Sonoma State University, the Sonoma County Office of Education, and Maker Media, is a first of its kind program that provides a series of mini-courses, both face-to-face and online, that help teachers and others gain knowledge on how to set-up makerspaces and incorporate maker activities across academic disciplines and grade levels.


    Plans are currently underway to expand the program across the California State University and throughout the state, allowing more teachers an opportunity to build their capacity for implementing this innovative approach towards teaching and learning.


    The 2016 Makerspace was sponsored by:  CSU    Sonoma State SCOE Maker Ed

    Additional funding for the 2016 Makerspace was provided by:  CSU Fullerton Boeing  KQED