Bureau of Education & Research Logo

1 Day Event:
November 7, 2019

Cost of Attendance:
$279.00 per person

Event Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Event Location:
Location Details

This event has ended:
It was held on
November 7, 2019

Can't Make it?

View Related
PD Resources

Program Guarantee:
We stand behind the high quality of our programs by providing the following unconditional guarantee:

If you are not satisfied with this program, we'll give you a 100% refund of your registration fee.

National Train-the-Trainer Institutes

Onsite Training

Can't Attend?

Explore Additional



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

Presented by Andrew Mann
Award-Winning Instructional Technology Teacher and Certified Google Education Trainer

Brochure Image

Specifically Designed for Classroom Teachers, School Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, Technology Teachers, 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
  • Hands-on exploration of 20 of the most popular maker resources and projects

Practical Ideas and Strategies

This seminar has been designed to help classroom teachers, librarians, technology teachers, 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 seminar, experienced teacher and makerspace coach, Andy Mann will provide hands-on exploration time with more than 20 of the most popular maker resources and projects. 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 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
  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. 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
  4. Create a Maker Ethos
    Understand how to champion important maker skills including creativity and problem-solving, skills important to employers
  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. Design Thinking to Create Solutions
    Learn how students incorporate design thinking to understand a problem, brainstorm potential solutions, create prototypes, test, and revise
  7. Discover Makerspace Tools and Projects
    Have time to explore your choice of 20 different maker resources and projects – from codable robots and drones to green screens and electrical circuit kits – there is something for every experience and grade level
  8. Stretch Your Budget and Make the Best Use of Existing Resources
    Learn how to create a wealth of makerspaces from readily available materials found within your school, not just with 3-D printers … 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 handbook filled with the newest, most current ideas, strategies, and materials for creating and enhancing makerspaces

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • The latest ideas for creating engaging makerspaces in schools
  • Genius Hour allowing students choices to explore their passion and creatively share their new learning
  • 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
  • More than 20 makerspace resources to test to decide if they should be added to your makerspace
  • The best free and low-cost materials for your makerspaces and where to find them
  • Helpful tips for planning successful makerspace projects
  • Timemanagement and organizational strategies to maximize makerspace use
  • Winning tips and tricks from successful makerspace creators
  • Grading maker projects using a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding and product
  • 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:

With all the curriculum and testing demands, does it seem like time for creativity and exploration gets lost? Join me for the day and learn how a maker mindset can bring active learning, creativity and exploration back into your classroom. You don’t need a 3-D printer and programmable robots to create. Discover how a makerspace can be developed on a shoestring budget with cardboard, milk cartons, straws, and homemade playdough. Explore inexpensive electrical circuit creation with gardening supplies and free online block-coding programs. See examples of makerspaces which have been integrated into a classroom, housed in a library or an after-school club. Leave with a clear understanding of a successful makerspace teacher – a teacher who can support student creativity, pose the critical questions, and create alongside their students.

I have designed the seminar with time for hands-on practice using replicable projects. I bring a range of the most popular maker resources for you to try. Following the seminar, the learning continues as you use the makerspace resource handbook I created, packed with lessons, tips, and integration strategies. You’ll also have access to my website where you’ll find links to tutorials and the most useful online resources.

Whether you are new to makerspaces, or an experienced makerspaces veteran, you will leave with new ideas and practical, classroom-tested lessons that you may share and customize for immediately use in your classroom. I invite you to come learn with me.

Andy Mann

P.S. As an experienced teacher, I value the extra effort it takes for you to be out of the classroom, even for a day. I promise you that our day together will be well worth your “sub plans.” You will leave with a treasure chest of ideas, ready to use with your students. And be prepared for fun as we learn together.

Who Should Attend

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

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Makerspaces 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

Make Best Use of Your Time
Our goal is to make the best use of your time during the seminar while providing you with the greatest variety of practical applications for your classroom. To accomplish this goal, we use a large screen multimedia projection system to demonstrate specific applications, digital tools and online resources throughout the day rather, than individual devices. A copy of the Google Slides presentation will be shared at the start of the seminar - making it easier to add your own notes and follow links. Though not a requirement, attendees are encouraged to bring a fully charged Chromebook or laptop for optional hands-on projects, accessing the seminar links and note taking. Past participants find a Chromebook/laptop works better than an iPad. Your resource handbook, a copy of the slide presentation with bonus material and a specially created website will provide you with project ideas and direct links to the online resources to support additional hands-on exploration following the seminar .

Meet and Share
This seminar provides participants a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in creating makerspaces in their classrooms and schools.

Consultation Available
Andy Mann will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four Graduate level professional development credit are 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 this BER program.

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.

Can't Make it?

Related PD Resources

Online Learning IconOn Demand Video-Based Online Learning

BER offers educators a wide range of online courses that are affordable, fun, fast, and convenient.
See the catalog of available courses

(Back to Top)