Experience the Power of Hands-On Learning in our Makerspace!


    Community Science Workshop Network

    Twig Science  




    Calling all Makers! Stop by this year’s 5,000 square foot Makerspace at the California STEAM Symposium and learn how to create projects you can take back to your school to engage your students with building, inventing and exploring. Experience hands-on making, or join one of our Maker-focused breakout sessions or QuickTalks during meals and breaks. Have fun while learning STEAM and discussing CA-NGSS in the context of real phenomenon.


    Explore potential and kinetic energy, mechanical energy and various engineering challenges by creating and road testing a Mars rover. Discover the basic principles of design and engineering by building Gutter Cars, Earth Diggers or Animal Bots to solve a specific challenge.


    The Makerspace is also a place where you can build Badge Buddies from simple materials and LED to wear during the Symposium, and create fish or other creatures by learning to stitch together simple materials. The joy of making can also result in flashlights from K-Cups, horns from PVC pipe, or sewn circuits with conductive thread and batteries on mixed materials. Best of all - you get to take all your creations and curricular ideas home with you!


    You'll also have the opportunity to experience three site-specific Makerspaces for:

    • Classrooms
    • Libraries
    • Community Science Workshops


    Many thanks to Dr. Jerry Valadez and his team at the Community Science Workshop Network for their leadership this year.


    The Community Science Workshop Network is the hub for several affiliated CSWs taking place in diverse, regularly-scheduled locations such as established centers, schools and libraries. The CSWs engage children 6-17 years old, as well as their parents, high school mentors who work in the CSWs, teachers and administrators. The CSW Network serves as The Hub, and together with the CSWs, champions accessible STEM and Making opportunities for underserved students, communities and schools.


    Thank you to Twig Science for sponsoring this year's Makerspace and thank you to PACON for donating supplies used in our Making.


    Pre-Conference Workshop on Saturday, October 27th!

    Join our partners Maker Ed and Digital Promise for EdCamp: Maker Promise! This is a free, participant-driven professional development experience centered around maker learning, created by educators, for educators. RSVP here!