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Teaching Innovation Conference 2013

  • Blue School 241 Water Street New York, NY 10038 (map)

Making/STEAM: unleashing creativity and imagination in schools

Blue School's 2nd Annual Teaching Innovation Conference to explored the following topics and others:

  • How does the practice of exploring materials and technologies increase thinking and learning across disciplines? 
  • How are outside actors in the Maker and DIY movements impacting educational practices and school structures? 
  • How are schools and teachers integrating STEM and STEAM practices into their classrooms now? 
  • What advocacy opportunities are there to write about, advocate for and act on these ideas? 
  • What types of structures are in place in existing schools and school systems to help to create more open-ended exploration and inquiry in the context of Common Core? 

Presenters included:

  • Ainissa Ramirez, science evangelist, author of Save Our Science
  • Gary Stager, Author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom
  • Jon Santiago and Jaymes Dec, The Makery
  • Brian Cohen and Danny Kahn, Beam Center and Inventgenuity Workshop
  • Deb Winsor and Bill Fulbrecht, ConstructionKids
  • Karen Balliett, littleBits, and Michael Wilkinson, Ethical Culture Fieldston School
  • Mike Fischthal, Pixel Academy
  • Panel discussion about advocating for STEAM curated by Rhode Island School of Design
  • Sarah Roseberry Lytle, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) 
  • Brian Hallas and Rob Kleinschmidt, The Calhoun School
  • Mollie McQuarrie, Red Hook Playgroup
  • Tracy Rudzitis, The Computer School
  • Maureen Reilly and Lauren Monaco, Blue School
  • Mara Pauker, Nancy Simko, Molly DeGesero and Rich Jenkins, Blue School


Later Event: November 20
Blue Note: Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.