Making and Education

Making and Education

Date(s) - 06/21/2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

American University, McKinley Building

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The U.S. Department of Education and Nation of Makers invite you to join us on June 21st for a panel discussion on making and education, and a maker showcase/exhibition at American University in Washington, D.C. Making is an iterative process of tinkering and hands on problem solving that draws on a DIY mindset. Making activities range from computer programming and robotics to the arts and design and are often used for the exploration of STEAM skills and pathways in education. The convening will provide an opportunity for students, educators, government officials, grantees, and non-profits to discuss opportunities to innovate and grow making within education. Conversations will focus on the unique role that making can play at every level and in all aspects of education. This event will be live streamed at:

Please RSVP to the Office of Educational Technology,

Paid parking is available at the School of International Service (SIS).
Shuttle service is available from the Tenleytown station to American University’s campus.


From 1:00 to 4:00 PM, in MCK 101, the Maker Showcase/Exhibition will feature exhibits from innovative schools, universities, non-profits, and agency grantees. Exhibitors include:
  • Smithsonian ARTLAB+
  • Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
  • US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Parkland School District, PA
  • University of Virginia and Buford Middle School
  • Future Engineers
  • Baltimore County Public Schools
  • NY Hall of Science
  • KID Museum
  • Catholic University
  • FabLab DC
  • American University
From 2:00 to 3:00 PM, in the Media Innovation Lab, the Making and Education presentation will feature remarks and a panel discussion featuring maker educators. Speakers and panelists will include:
  • Dorothy Jones-Davis, Executive Director of Nation of Makers
  • Trey Lathe, Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative
  • Sara Trettin, Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology
  • Cara Lesser, Founder and CEO of KID Museum
  • Heather Lister, Professional Development Chair for ISTE’s Librarian Network #ISTELIB
  • Davide Prete, Director of the Digital Fabrication Lab at Catholic University
  • Jason Botel, Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

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