Leading the Way in Maker Education
For the past 4 years after the school year has ended, Sara Reinthaler, who runs our Enrichment program and founded and runs the school Makerspace, has attended a week-long professional development training program geared specifically towards those on the front lines of the maker movement in education.
The Pittsburgh Fab Institute, sponsored by The Grable Foundation, provides 12 different workshops focused on digital fabrication with tools like 3D printers, vinyl cutters, laser cutters, and CNC machines as well as software for coding, robotics and electronics. Days begin with a keynote speaker and then each participant attends two workshops a day which are taught in 3 hour increments. These long sessions allow attendees to really be able to delve deep and get some hands on experience with topics and projects while also asking questions of experts and networking with other maker-educators. Teachers from K-12 as well as administrators and librarians who currently have or are looking to start makerspaces are welcome to attend this FREE event each year.
This year, Sara Reinthaler has been invited to teach a workshop on 3D printing at the Pittsburgh Fab Institute. She is very excited to bring her love of making and share ways to use digital fabrication in order to teach kids new skills to other professional educators. She will be using the free web based software Tinkercad as she believes that all schools should be able to offer their students access to tools for hands on exploration and problem solving despite their financial situations.
The Village School was one of the first elementary schools in the area to start a makerspace and with Sara’s leadership, the program has continued to thrive and grow over the past 5 years. We are happy Sara will be helping other schools start or build their makerspace programs as well.
Good Luck Sara!