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Maker Space PD Day


Please register by March 1, 2015.  This will allow us to order supplies for the hands on activities.



Facilitator(s): Susan Crichton, Gerald Logan, Ryan Layton, Nicole Lakusta, Carol Tonhauser and teacher leaders


Date and Time: Friday March 13, 2015 from 8:15am - 3:30pm


Cost: $80: ETCATA Members and Education Student Association Members

$100: Non ETCATA Members


Bring a friend for FREE If you register before March 1st.  (add them to the registration page, do not submit a second registration)



Location: ATA Barnett House, 11010 - 142 Street, Edmonton, Alberta


Who should attend: Grades K-12 teachers, administrators, learning coaches, trustees, IT members, pre-service teachers, librarians



About this day of learning: This session is to expand your knowledge of Design Thinking and delve deeper into the Makerspaces movement in education. Participants will hear from a renowned professor, author and teacher about the research, impact and strategies involved in establishing a Design Thinking culture within the school and classroom. As well, hands-on learning opportunities with a Makerspaces theme will be hosted by various presenters.



Dr. Susan Crichton is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the UBC’s Okanagan campus and Director of the Innovative Learning Centre. Dr. Crichton has taught in rural and urban K-12 schools in British Columbia, California and Australia. She was a faculty member at the University of Calgary in the specialization of Educational Technology. She is a visiting professor with Aga Khan University - Institute of Educational Development, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and a Fellow of the Commonwealth Centre of Education, University of Cambridge.



  • 3D Designing Social Justice with Aaron Ball

In this session participants will have the chance to see how project based learning (PBL), 3D printers, Social Justice, and CTF have coalesced in a grade 5/6 classroom. The goal of this project was to allow students to solve the complex problem of designing, marketing, and printing toy planes as a way to provide toys and monetary donations to Santas Anonymous. In this project we brought in community leaders, surveyed students, and reached out to the twitter-verse to gather information that would guide our goals.

  • Making the Internet of Things: Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Arduino with David Hay

In this session participants will investigate iterations between the physical and digital worlds through making  lights blink, remotely turning on a slow cooker and programming a talking alarm clock.

  • Makerspaces Playground with ETCATA members

Opportunities for participants to check out different types of resources and tools that could be used in a Makerspaces environment.

  • Makers UNITE! with Trisha Roffey

Participants will experience a hands on Makerspace session using computer parts, recycled materials and even vegetables! This session will allow participants to use design thinking to build their own Raspberry Pi computer and try programming, build a Makey Makey vegetable computer webcam and try their hand at inventing a playground robot using Cubelet Robotics. It is about openly exploring, making mistakes and learning from each other…just like a real Makerspace should be!

  • Let's Play, Let's Create: Learning in Edmonton Public Library's Makerspace with Holly Arnason

What do 3D printing, Minecraft, Lego Robotics, DIY music synthesizers, and coding all have common? For students of all ages, they become tools for education and exploration - and they can all be found at the Edmonton Public Library makerspace! Join an EPL librarian to learn about the EPL Makerspaces services and its most popular programs and coolest customer projects in year one. There will be a hands on demonstration of makerspace tech, toys, and key library resources (including awesome digital content). Bring new ideas and strategies back to your classroom!


Sponsored by: ETCATA

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