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Maker Education Series

“I learned that integration of tech learning doesn't always mean buying big equipment. It means having a change of thought in how we do things in the classroom and how we look at the thinking process.”
– “Think Like Da Vinci” Workshop Participant

Join the maker movement with this series of professional development workshops. Get hands-on with digital fabrication technologies and learn how to incorporate STEM competencies into authentic making experiences. Bring these workshops to your site with our BNY Mellon Mobile Fab Lab or come to BNY Mellon Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center.

For more information, call Jon Doctorick, Fab Lab Technical and Education Manager, at 412.445.6949 or email DoctorickJ@CarnegieScienceCenter.Org.

Making Mummies

K–8 educators | Six-hour workshop | Six hours of Act 48 credit

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition brings mummies of all types to Carnegie Science Center. This workshop in BNY Mellon Fab Lab combines traditional STEM activities and competencies with digital fabrication technologies. Experiment with the basics of the mummification process used around the world. Then, explore Mummies of the World to learn more about these practices and how these mummies stay preserved. Finally, use the Fab Lab’s digital fabrication technology to create a laser-cut display to preserve your mummified creation. Share best practices with other educators while learning how to mix both cutting-edge and time-tested engineering technologies—such as computer-assisted design and manufacturing—in your classroom.

This workshop is only available for a limited time at Carnegie Science Center.

Coding and Making

K–8 educators | Six-hour workshop | Six hours of Act 48 credit

Digital fabrication technologies make computer programming physically engaging. Learn Scratch, as well as drag-and-drop coding that can control ground-based Spheros and air-based Parrot drones. Use the MaKey MaKey invention kit, vinyl cutter, and laser cutter to complete hands-on projects that you can use to reinforce computational thinking skills learned in coding.

Introduction to STEM Making

K–12 educators | Six-hour workshop | Six hours of Act 48 credit

Digital fabrication integrates STEM competencies into authentic making experiences for all learners. With digital fabrication technologies like 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machines, students can learn essential skills while creatively designing projects. Discover the basics with hands-on projects and explore ways of integrating digital fabrication into your curriculum.

Making a Makerspace

K–12 educators | Six-hour workshop | Six hours of Act 48 credit

This is an all-inclusive workshop for schools that already have a digital fabrication space or for those who are considering creating one. Make hands-on projects using 3D printers, laser cutters/engravers, and vinyl cutters. Discuss best practices, technology recommendations, budget, managing challenges, makerspace facilitation techniques, and integrating making and the space itself into school-wide curricula.

Quadcopter Challenge for MS-HS

Grade 6–12 educators | Six-hour workshop | Six hours of Act 48 credit

Get your middle and high school students excited about electronics, soldering, and the engineering design cycle by teaching them to make their own palm-sized, remote-controlled quadcopters. Learn to design, prototype, and redesign quadcopters using a laser cutter or CNC router. Wrap up with discussion, share classroom strategies, and leave with a lesson plan, classroom presentation material, a parts list, and your own quadcopter.