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Wednesday, March 11 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Makerspaces & STEAM Labs: Creation and Programming

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A casual chat with two school librarians about starting a Makerspace or Steamlab in a public school setting. This innovative education movement fosters cross-curriculum planning, collaboration, team building and creates makers instead of passive users. Find out why you need to join the maker education movement by participating in this lively discussion and gather startup resources, funding ideas and a year's worth of maker programming. Learn how to make connections with your community.


1) Empowering educators to begin their own makerspace journey with students. Startup resources will be shared with specific resources and programming to complement maker supplies.

2) Reasoning behind the need to prepare students for a job market that has yet to be defined and resources to accomplish this complicated task.

3) Giving you a comprehensive toolkit to inspire the makers and tinkerers that will be the innovators of the future.

SXSW Edu:  http://schedule.sxswedu.com/events/event_EDUP33620#sthash.9igEDxn5.dpuf

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Colleen Graves

Teacher Librarian, Lewisville Independent School District
Colleen Graves is a school librarian at Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas. Her first task as librarian was to transform her thirty-year-old traditional library space into a learning commons. She became obsessed with the library as a gigantic makerspace and started instituting maker workshops with students in 2013. She blogs about makerspaces and technology and is an active leader of professional development in Lewisville ISD and the... Read More →
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Leah Mann

Library Media Specialist, Lewisville Independent School District
Elementary and Middle School Library Media Specialist and self- proclaimed geek!

Wednesday March 11, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon A 500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX