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Starting Your Makerspace
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by Mitchell Malpartida, Founder of Masterful Creations STEAM Academy and seasonal adjunct at Loyola Marymount University; and Jackie Tan, Maker Educator at South Tahoe Middle School, CA
Sponsored by littleBits Education
Thinking about creating a makerspace in your school or library? Just getting started? Mitchell Malpartida, Founder of Masterful Creations STEAM Academy and seasonal adjunct at Loyola Marymount University, and Jackie Tan, Maker Educator at South Tahoe Middle School in California, discuss best practices for starting your first makerspace.
In this edWebinar, learn how each of these maker educators got started, best practices they have used to engage elementary and middle school age students in making, and their favorite tools for a starter makerspace. Elementary through middle school teachers, librarians, and school leaders will benefit from watching this recorded session.
About the Presenters
Mitchell Malpartida is a veteran technologist who has worked on digital marketing campaigns for several Fortune 200/500 companies from automotive to entertainment. He has over 15 years of digital technology experience and several years of teaching experience at the college level. He is the founder of Masterful Creations STEAM Academy as well as a seasonal adjunct at Loyola Marymount University where he uses littleBits to help marketing students take their campaign concepts to reality. Mitchell is a littleBits Lead Educator. As a leader and an educator, Mitchell advocates STEAM via volunteer school visits, workshops, social media and collaboration with schools to inspire future makers with technology and storytelling.
Jackie Tan is a maker educator at South Tahoe Middle School in California where she started the first dedicated makerspace in her school district. Jackie was awarded over $13,000 in grant money in the startup year with a number of grants specifically targeting tech tools to attract girls into the Maker Lab. She has a master’s degree in product design from Stanford University where she was the first female machine shop teaching assistant in the Product Realization Lab. Jackie is also a littleBits Lead Educator, and passionate about sharing maker education with anyone willing to listen.
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littleBits makes technology kits that are fun, easy-to-use, and infinitely creative. The kits are composed of electronic building blocks that are color-coded, magnetic, and make complex technology simple and fun. Together they’re interchangeable in millions of different ways to empower kids to invent anything – from a sibling alarm, to a wireless robot, to a digital instrument.