Institute for Educational Development

Date: February 27, 2018

$249.00 per person
Group Price: $229.00
*For 3 or more people regestering at the same time


Creating and Enhancing Engaging Makerspaces in Your Classroom and School
(Grades K-6)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Tracy Lemkie

Outstanding Teacher and Presenter

Specifically Designed for Classroom Teachers, Technology Teachers, School Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, Resource Teachers, and Administrators

  • Innovative makerspace activities designed to support your curriculum and boost students’ academic skills in grades K-6
  • Cost-efficient ideas to make the best use of your time and space
  • Practical strategies to help you find resources for developing and enhancing a successful makerspace for your classroom or school
  • Receive an extensive makerspace resource handbook filled with ideas designed specifically to create, enhance, and support engaging makerspaces

Practical Strategies

This seminar has been designed to help classroom teachers, technology teachers, librarians, and administrators who want to create or enhance makerspaces for their school or classroom. You’ll learn how to make best use of your makerspace to provide hands-on, creative opportunities for your students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering.

In this outstanding NEW seminar, experienced teacher and makerspace coach, Tracy Lemkie with share time-efficient organizational and management strategies to maximize the power of makerspaces. You’ll learn proven ways to obtain free and low cost materials for your makerspace program as well as innovative makerspace activities designed to support your curriculum and boost your students’ academic skills. You’ll leave this seminar with a wealth of practical ideas to make your makerspaces a vital part of your school.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Create and More Effectively Manage Engaging Makerspaces
    Learn proven tips and tricks from experienced makerspace teachers … Discover what works and what doesn’t, saving you time and money
  2. Develop Makerspaces that Directly Support Essential Academic Skills
    Makerspaces go beyond fun. Discover practical ways to create an engaging environment where students can work together to express their creativity, explore ideas and practice key academic skills
  3. Discover Makerspace Tools and Projects
    From paper crafts to robots, discover new, low‐tech makerspace projects you can easily implement in your program
  4. Create Interactive, HandsOn Makerspaces Ideal for K6 Students
    Engage students and promote creativity, problem‐solving skills and higher‐order thinking skills with makerspaces that are specifically designed for your own students … Whether you are new to makerspaces or already have them set up, you’ll find a wealth of ideas
  5. Boost STEAM Skills with Makerspaces
    Learn how makerspaces can support STEAM … Specific examples of makerspaces that help students expand their science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics skills
  6. Keep Your Makerspace Real, Reasonable and Sustainable
    Learn how to develop a plan that works within the needs of your classroom, school, community, and budget
  7. Making Time for Makerspaces
    Discover strategies for creating time for makerspace exploration during your school day’s busy schedule ... Practical strategies for making makerspaces function efficiently within your busy day
  8. Stretch Your Budget and Make the Best Use of Existing Resources
    3‐D printers are amazing, but not the only component of impressive makerspaces … Learn how to create a wealth of makerspaces from readily available materials found within your school … No cost and low‐cost ways to better utilize limited space, materials, resources, and school or community funds
  9. Enhance your Curriculum
    Makerspaces not only inspire creativity but will support your current curriculum by supporting science and engineering skills … Here’s how
  10. Receive an Extensive Makerspace Handbook
    Leave with an extensive resource manual filled with the newest, most current ideas, strategies, and materials for creating and enhancing makerspaces

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • The latest ideas for creating engaging makerspaces in schools
  • Creative ways to teach students the collaborative skills they need for makerspace activities
  • How to make the most of your makerspace budget
  • Ways to enhance already‐existing makerspaces
  • Proven strategies for motivating your stakeholders to support makerspaces
  • Innovative strategies for boosting the STEAM skills of your students
  • How to most effectively use volunteers and student helpers in your makerspace program
  • The best free and low-cost materials for your makerspaces and how to get them
  • Helpful tips for planning successful makerspace projects
  • Timemanagement and organizational strategies to maximize makerspace use
  • Winning tips and tricks from successful makerspace creators
  • Timesaving tips and costeffective ideas for all budgets
  • Innovative ways to challenge students to higher‐level thinking skills and boost creativity using a variety of makerspace activities

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Imagine a space where students are engaged and learning. A space where they can use their knowledge and creativity without the stress of a strict rubric. A place to collaborate, tinker and create! Welcome to the world of makerspaces! If you’d like to learn practical, proven ways to create or enhance an existing makerspace program, this is a seminar you won’t want to miss.

At this seminar, I will share my firsthand observations of the maker movement and how it is changing the face of education. I will share the variety of ways you can incorporate makerspaces in your classroom or school, as well as what has been successful and what hasn’t. In addition you’ll also learn about the many academic connections you can make to your own curriculum through your makerspace. Most importantly, I will not only, “show you the money”, which will give you the tools and resources to get funding you may not have thought possible, but also give you proven ideas of where to get donations to support your space. During the course of the day, I will share examples of many different makerspace ideas and activities that you can easily implement in your school or classroom.

Please join me for a day full of inspiration, motivation, strategies and resources to create your school or classroom makerspace.
I look forward to meeting you at the seminar.

Tracy Lemkie

P.S. This seminar will give you the practical tools you need to encourage students to design, experiment, build, and create as they engage in science, engineering, and tinkering in your MAKERSPACE!

Who Should Attend

Grades K-6: Classroom Teachers, Technology Teachers, School Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, Resource Teachers, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive makerspaces resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Specific ways to create engaging makerspaces to enhance creativity and strengthen STEAM skills
    • Numerous funding resources and ideas for inexpensive makerspaces
    • Useful strategies and techniques for planning and establishing makerspaces in your school or classroom
    • Ideas that generate support and resources for makerspaces
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in creating makerspaces in their classrooms and schools.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Tracy Lemkie will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own makerspaces program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.