MakerSpace Related Items

In the Spring of 2014, I created a MakerSpace at the Yorktown High School Library. I started small, with some Legos and white board tables, and from there, it has grown! The space now has a variety of materials, including items to explore circuitry, Micro-computing, robotics, 3D printers, board games, crafting and so much more. I have partnered with teachers and clubs to utilize the space for class projects, open making and to create experiences that are beneficial to club participants. In our first year we have seen so much growth in student participation and engagement.

Below is a collection of presentations, articles, blog posts and other items I have created or been a part of that deal with Making and MakerSpaces.

Presentations

July 2016 MakerSpace Boot Camp Ellenville, NY
Co- Organizer and Presenter
Explore Making and Makerspaces at this 3 day immersive conference. Participants will learn about 25 maker style activities in 5 hands-on playgrounds, as well as learn the educational theory behind making and Makerspaces, funding opportunities, participate in a grant writing session, network with colleagues and so much more!Participants will interact with a variety of products that are a perfect fit for Makerspaces.

May 2016 New York Library Association - SSL Conference Albany, NY
Presenter
"ReThinking Library Spaces"
See how area libraries and classrooms have been rethinking their learning spaces to engage students and support 21st Century Learning. See concrete, money conscious strategies that you can implement in your spaces. This presentation will feature libraries and classrooms throughout the Hudson Valley.

March 2016 NYSCATE Mid Hudson Valley Conference Wappingers Falls, NY
Coordinator/Presenter
"MakerSpace and STEAM Playground"
Participants will interact with various MakerSpace and STEAM products, and learn how they can quickly and easily be incorporated into the classroom to increase creativity and innovation.

February 2016 University at Albany, State University of New York Albany, NY
Coordinator/Presenter
"MakerSpace Petting Zoo"
Participants will interact with various MakerSpace and STEAM products, and learn how they can quickly and easily be incorporated into the classroom to increase creativity and innovation.

October 2015 Tech & Learning Live Tarrytown, NY
Presenter
“Playground: Want to Be A Maker?”
You probably know how much kids love makerspaces and coding. But, have you actually taken the time to play with the tools yourself? Here’s your chance. Join us for an hour of hands-on activities and demos of projects involving plenty of new maker tools. Come have some fun with our experts!

July 2015 Dutchess County BOCES School Library Systems Poughkeepsie, NY
Presenter
“Rethinking your Library Space”
Thinking about changing your library space but don’t know where to begin? This workshop will help jump start those creative juices by exploring how other libraries (K-12) have been rethinking and reinventing their library spaces to engage students and support 21st Century Learning. Learn concrete, money conscious strategies that you can implement in your existing spaces, and grant and funding options available to help out with these changes. Explore innovative ideas for creating learning opportunities for your students, as well as touch on MakerSpaces in libraries. Participants should come with pictures if possible, as well as a sketch of the layout of their current space(s).

May 2015 New York Library Association - SSL Conference Tarrytown, NY
Presenter
"ReThinking Learning Spaces"
See how area libraries and classrooms have been rethinking their learning spaces to engage students and support 21st Century Learning. See concrete, money conscious strategies that you can implement in your spaces. This presentation will feature libraries and classrooms throughout the Hudson Valley.

March 2015 NYSCATE Mid Hudson Valley Conference Wappingers Falls, NY
Presenter
"ReThinking Learning Spaces"
See how area libraries and classrooms have been rethinking their learning spaces to engage students and support 21st Century Learning. See concrete, money conscious strategies that you can implement in your spaces on Monday. This presentation will feature libraries and classrooms throughout the Hudson Valley.

October 2014 TechForum NY Tarrytown, NY
Panelist
“ReThinking Learning Spaces”
Do your classrooms and libraries look almost exactly like they did a century ago? For the first time in decades, a number of schools can answer this question with a resounding “No!” From mobile-friendly classrooms to media centers transformed into makerspaces, this session will provide specific, affordable ways you can redesign learning environments to meet the needs of today’s students.

Publications

Mersand, S. and McNair, S. (2016, June 21) Makerspace Tools Product Roundup. Tech & Learning Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.techlearning.com/resources/0003/makerspace-tools-product-roundup/70092

Mersand, S. (2016, March 5) Frequently Asked Questions about Makerspaces. University of Wisconsin - Stout. Retrieved from https://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/maker/maker_faq.html

Mersand, S. (2016, January 28) Autodesk Design Academy. Tech & Learning Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.techlearning.com/resources/0003/autodesk-design-academy/69893

Mersand, S. (2015, September 25) Sprout allows for easy 3d prototyping. Tech & Learning Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.techlearning.com/resources/0003/sprout-allows-for-easy-3d-prototyping/69626

Mersand, S. (2015, September 25) 3D Printer Guide. Tech & Learning Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.techlearning.com/resources/0003/3d-printer-guide/69643

Mersand, S. (2015, September) What is the Maker Movement? University of Wisconsin - Stout School of Education, Health, Hospitality and Human Services Newsletter. Retrieved from http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/resources/maker.cfm

Mersand, S. (2014, Sept 8) Cut to the Core: Tech Solutions for Common Core - The Maker Movement, Technology and the Common Core. Retrieved from https://engage.intel.com/community/teachersengage/blog/2014/09/05/cut-to-the-core-tech-solutions-for-common-core-the-maker-movement-technology-and-the-common-core

Mersand, S. (2014, Dec 5) Cut to the Core: Tech Solutions for Common Core - Hour of Code and the Common Core. Retrieved from https://engage.intel.com/community/teachersengage/blog/2014/12/05/cut-to-the-core-tech-solutions-for-common-core-hour-of-code-and-the-common-core

Graduate Course

EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Maker Spaces

What You Will Learn

How can you build a Makerspace in your school, library or classroom? How can you guide students through design challenges, and explore fixed stations versus workshops? Unleash your creativity with innovative tools and maker project ideas that support learning.

Description: Learn evidence-based instructional strategies and how to use tools (physical or virtual) to support building models, prototypes, inventions and innovations and encourage creative problem solving and team collaboration across a wide range of subject matters and all grade levels. Applications of learning theory and assessment strategies will be employed to create K-12 interdisciplinary inquiry-based maker experiences.

Who should enroll?

Designed for PreK-12 educators, school library media specialists, teacher-librarians, classroom teachers, STEM educators, tech integration teachers, and educational technology teachers who want to create “making” environments in traditional classrooms and school library/media centers and focus on teaching K-12 students the basics of design through hands-on, learning by doing. The course is designed for participants to collaborate and co-create knowledge with opportunities to create a making experience.