River City Labs, UofI Extension, UofI Fab Lab, The Peoria Playhouse Museum, and Caterpillar collaborated on this Teacher Focused Social event to understand a day in the life of teachers and how the Maker Culture is making its way into the classroom. 40+Teachers, librarians, and other eductional focused attendees from around the state had the opportunity to explain what is working and what isnt working in their pursuit of STEM/STEAM related programming.
The goal of these events is to form an understanding and a community of Teachers who are also Makers and who can support each other by adopting the Maker Culture and bringing a Making Mentality into the classroom.
Some of the lessons we learned:
1.) Anybody who makes anything is a maker
2.) Knowledge sharing and Social learning are more important than physical tools
3.) Making doesnt have to be High Tech
4.) Sometimes there is a disconnect between what we have and what we know how to use (and what we want and what we can afford)
5.) Time is a huge issue
6.) Teachers and Librarians often times struggle to figure out how to go about implementing activities
7.) some find it hard to gain the interest in things they want to try.