STEAM for Educators at the Boulder Mini Maker Faire

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Announcing the Innovation in Education Summit at the Boulder Mini Maker Faire -Jan 31-Feb 1, 2015

By hosting this opportunity for teachers to get inspired and learn how to include innovation and design thinking in their classrooms, we hope we can help make makers.

The Boulder Mini Maker Faire announces the Innovation in Education Summit, a fantastical opportunity for educators of all types to connect to STEAM innovations, content and techniques. (STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and math).

The Summit is co-located with the exciting Boulder Mini Maker Faire and will host a weekend's worth of presentations, discussions and hands-on workshops during which teachers can earn up to 11 continuing education credits while learning how to include making, design thinking, and innovation in their classrooms.

It's only $30 for a weekend educator pass (which includes full admission to all the Mini Maker Faire activities, too!), making it the least expensive and most fun CE credits teachers are likely to find anywhere. Get credit for going to workshops – and even for browsing the dozens of hands-on maker exhibits at the Faire!

"By hosting this opportunity for teachers to get inspired and learn how to include innovation and design thinking in their classrooms, we hope we can help make makers," says Mary Anne Zacek, co-founder of Maker Boulder, the organization sponsoring and managing the event.

The Innovation in Education summit includes over 15 events on the Saturday and Sunday of the Faire, including interactive and hands-on presentations from local innovators and national thought leaders.

Highlights include:

  • Kickoff panel that includes Joey Hudy, (spokesperson for the White House Maker Faire and co-launcher of the marshmallow cannon with President Obama), Mackintosh Academy Head of School, JJ Morrow, and Patty Quinones, Director of Innovation for St. Vrain School District.
  • Hands-on technology workshops by local startups Modular Robotics and SparkFun.
  • Design Thinking panel with k-12 education thought leaders, Coeylen Berry and Alex Hernandez
  • Prosthetic arm engineering challenge and curriculum with Colorado MESA.
  • Workshop and free "ScriBot" robot kit with Dr. Karl Wendt, former "Hacker in Residence" at Kahn Academy.

More information or to purchase tickets to the Boulder Mini Maker Faire and the Innovation in Education Summit visit http://www.MakerBoulder.com.

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About Maker Boulder

Maker Boulder is a community of tinkerers, hackers, prototypers, entrepreneurs and educators bringing STEAM education to the Front Range and beyond. Our mission is to connect Makers, Entrepreneurs and Educators. Through organizing events and creating content, we’re working with the Colorado community to create a symphony of STEAM activity that involves lots of hands-on learning, gears grinding, hackers iterating and tinkerers talking. Visit us at http://www.makerboulder.com and @MakerBoulder.

About Maker Faire

The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 195,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York in 2013, with 44% of attendees first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. A family event, 50% attend the event with children. Also in 2013, 98 independently-produced Mini and Featured Maker Faires occurred around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Santiago, and Oslo. Maker Faire is brought to you by Maker Media. Maker Media publishes MAKE magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.

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