Southwest Region


2016 Annual Regional Conference

Makerspaces April 19-22, 2016
Makerspaces: An Active Learning Conference
Graduate Tempe
Phoenix, Arizona

  Schedule

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Updated 05/18/2016

Tuesday – April 19, 2016
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm SW Regional Board Meeting – Graduate Hotel Hayden Ballroom
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Registration Opens – Graduate Hotel Roof Top
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Reception / Networking – Graduate Hotel Roof Top
Wednesday – April 20, 2016
7:00 am – 7:30 am Breakfast – Graduate Hotel Hayden Ballroom
7:30 am

Travel from hotel to TechShop for Opening Session

TechShop® is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to tools, software and space. You can make virtually anything at TechShop®. Come and build your dreams! TechShop® is a playground for creativity.

8:15 am – 9:15 am

Welcome Session – Conference Kick Off – Wade Simpson, SW Region President

Conference Opening Session – TechShop – Jason Black

9:15 am – 9:30 am Refreshment Break
9:30 am – 10:30 am

Session 1A, 1B, 1C
Makerspace hands on learning – attendees will choose one

1A Laser etching pint glass or wine glass,
1B Making a T-shirt with vinyl heatpress
1C Creating a metal flower

Session 2
The Missing Link – Marci Milius

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Instructional Practice – Whhaaattttt? There are many different instructional practices we will give an overview of of the most current instructional practices in education today. Also we will tie in how those instructional practices impact classroom designed.

Session 3
Playing is Learning – Valley View Early Learning Center – Frank Slingerland, AIA

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Neuroscience research has proven that prekindergarten-aged brains learn best through play. When children experience moments of joy during play, discovery and exploration, they are making connections in their brains. When a child's brain feels stress, learning ceases . This session will focus on a school curriculum, building, and outdoor space all designed to encourage and support play!

10:30 am – 10:45 am Refreshment Break
10:45 am – 11:45 am

Session 1A, 1B, 1C
Makerspace hands on learning –attendees will choose one

1A Laser etching pint glass or wine glass,
1B Making a T-shirt with vinyl heatpress
1C Creating a metal flower

Session 2
Make <--> Play <--> Learn – Marinana Lavezzo

What Can Imaginative Tech Companies Teach Us About Creativity and Innovation? This panel will provide a thought provoking discussion based around best practices in the creative tech sector and leveraging those practices to inform the built environment so students can excel in STEAM based programs.

Session 3
Planning for a CTE 2.0 Approach to Career and Technical Education – Pam Loeffelman
Preparing our students to succeed in life means we must help them to also understand the relevance of their learning. Career and Technical Education programs do this, as they bridge core academics to the rigor of real world applications.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm Lunch at the TechShop – SW Schools Next Presentation by winning team / International Association Update – Scott Layne, Chair
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Travel Time
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Building Tour: ASU Polytechnic Campus

ASU Polytechnic Annual Report

(attendees will tour all three areas)

Tour 1 – Technology Lab
Tour 2 – Lab and LEED Housing
Tour 3 – SIM Building
4:00 pm Explore Tempe! Dinner on your own!
Thursday – April 21, 2016
7:00 am – 7:30 am Breakfast – Graduate Hotel Hayden Ballroom
7:45 am – 9:15 am Travel to West-MEC Southwest Campus / Palo Verde Energy Education Center
9:30 am – 10:30 am Opening General Session at Palo Verde Energy Education Center Auditorium across the street from West-MEC Southwest Campus
10:30 am – 11:15 am Energy Education Center Tour – Palo Verde Center
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Break Out Sessions – West MEC Southwest Campus

(20 minutes at each station)
Tour 1

Tour 2

Tour 3

12:15 am – 1:00 pm Lunch at West-MEC Southwest Campus 2nd floor
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Session 1
Makerspace "A Case Study" – Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny

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From our youngest learners getting their first immersive exposure to STEM education, to neighborhood senior communities sharing and acquiring new hands on skills to enrich their everyday lives, to world’s leading professional creative thinkers tinkering at the edge of technological innovation, trying to solve some of the world’s next biggest challenges.

Session 2
21st Century Space Inspiring 21st Century Education – Gladden Farms Elementary – Frank Slingerland, AIA

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A great deal has changed since the Marana Unified School District last built a school almost a decade ago. This presentation explores how a community, school district, and design team worked together to create a new, innovative elementary school, responsive to a new educational context and unlike any other in the District. The discussion will highlight flexible building features, including dynamic spaces and diverse settings for learning, as well as the comprehensive furniture selection process the District employed.

Session 3
The All Inclusive Campus: Ins and Outs fo Creating Multi Cultural, Multi- faceted, Community Focused Learning Environments – Bill Gould

The GISSV & YCIS campus, currently in the design phase, is a $72M multi-cultural learning environment integrating offices, multiple international schools and community facilities. Learn how we partnered with the Mountain View Whisman School District, the City of Mountain View, GISSV and YCIS to create this all-inclusive, community-focused campus.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Session 1
Makerspaces as Center for Community – Chloe Lauer

Maker Spaces are the hottest program element in the education sector today. How can we create a context that enables our clients to develop Maker Spaces that are more than fancy STEM/STEAM labs? What tools are essential for Maker Spaces to become centers for community and provide value that outlasts the 3-D printers and other specialized (and often pricey) features that are so often at the forefront of Maker Space conversations?

Session 2
Lessons Learned: First Year in New Maker Spaces – Julie Walleisa, AIA, LEED AP, ALEP

Montezuma-Cortez High School (MCHS) opened in 2015 with new spaces for hands-on learning to support both curricular and extracurricular programs. This session will focus on the design intent and construction of the new spaces, and lessons learned from the first year of occupancy.

Session 3
CLASSROOM DESIGN AND STUDENT ENGAGEMENT – Dr. Heather Weber
A growing number of architects, designers, and higher education administrators have made assumptions that traditional classroom spaces designed primarily for lecture are less effective than more flexible learning spaces in supporting student engagement and learning. As a result, many educational institutions have invested significant resources into the development of new and improved classroom spaces with the intention of increasing student engagement. These new classrooms, referred to as learning studios, feature increased flexibility and increased access to technology. This session will attempt to provide participants with a greater understanding of the impact these new classroom spaces have on student engagement and instructional efficiency.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Travel time to Tempe
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Free time
5:00 pm Tempe Area – Happy Hour Pub Crawl / Dinner on your own
Friday – April 22, 2016
7:30 am – 8:00 am Breakfast – Graduate Hotel Hayden Ballroom
8:00 am – 9:00 am

Travel time to CREATE at Arizona Science Center

CREATE™ at Arizona Science Center is a place where science, design, and engineering collide! Inspired by the productivity of an inventor’s workshop, the creativity of an art studio, the experimentation of a lab, and the connectivity of a commons,
 
At CREATE™, people of all ages can share ideas, collaborate on projects and learn about science, technology, engineering, math and art through making.

9:00 am – 10:00 am CREATE Stations (attendees will visit all three stations in groups)

Station 1 – Make It! Engineering Challenge with LittleBits
This fun and thought-provoking activity highlights LittleBits--the 21st-century electronic version of LEGOS! In teams of 4-5, participants will learn how to work with these unique tools and then use them to come up with a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. This activity promotes a healthy level of competition, but since there are many “right” answers, everyone has a shot at winning!

Station 2 – Skill-Building: Making Molds and Casts
What can you make when you combine power tools and a little bit of art? Almost anything! In this activity, participants will try their hand at casting a variety of materials in there very own customized molds. Using handheld rotary tools, participants will carve out shapes of their own design from blocks of medium density fiberboard (MDF) and then cast a variety of materials in these molds. We highly recommend that participants wear closed-toed shoes and well-fitted clothing with minimal loose jewelry for this activity.

Station 3 – Maker is an Idea, Not a Destination

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RaeAnn Fox, M.Ed./ David Stubbs
As educators begin to explore the concept of Maker trends have been to create Maker "Spaces", sometimes repurposing the old computer labs. Maker solutions will can be more successful integrating the idea of maker into all educational environments

10:00 am – 10:15 am Refreshment Break
10:15 am – 11:15 am Station 4 – Make It! Engineering Challenge with LittleBits
This fun and thought-provoking activity highlights LittleBits – the 21st-century electronic version of LEGOS! In teams of 4-5, participants will learn how to work with these unique tools and then use them to come up with a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. This activity promotes a healthy level of competition, but since there are many “right” answers, everyone has a shot at winning!

Station 5 –Skill-Building: Making Molds and Casts
What can you make when you combine power tools and a little bit of art? Almost anything! In this activity, participants will try their hand at casting a variety of materials in there very own customized molds. Using handheld rotary tools, participants will carve out shapes of their own design from blocks of medium density fiberboard (MDF) and then cast a variety of materials in these molds. We highly recommend that participants wear closed-toed shoes and well-fitted clothing with minimal loose jewelry for this activity.

Station 6 – Maker is an Idea, Not a Destination

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RaeAnn Fox, M.Ed./ David Stubbs
As educators begin to explore the concept of Maker trends have been to create Maker "Spaces", sometimes repurposing the old computer labs. Maker solutions will can be more successful integrating the idea of maker into all educational environments

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Station 7 – Make It! Engineering Challenge with LittleBits
This fun and thought-provoking activity highlights LittleBits – the 21st-century electronic version of LEGOS! In teams of 4-5, participants will learn how to work with these unique tools and then use them to come up with a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. This activity promotes a healthy level of competition, but since there are many “right” answers, everyone has a shot at winning!

Station 8 – Skill-Building: Making Molds and Casts
What can you make when you combine power tools and a little bit of art? Almost anything! In this activity, participants will try their hand at casting a variety of materials in there very own customized molds. Using handheld rotary tools, participants will carve out shapes of their own design from blocks of medium density fiberboard (MDF) and then cast a variety of materials in these molds. We highly recommend that participants wear closed-toed shoes and well-fitted clothing with minimal loose jewelry for this activity.

Station 9 –Maker is an Idea, Not a Destination

Download Presentation

RaeAnn Fox, M.Ed./ David Stubbs
As educators begin to explore the concept of Maker trends have been to create Maker "Spaces", sometimes repurposing the old computer labs. Maker solutions will can be more successful integrating the idea of maker into all educational environments

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Closing Session Keynote / SW Awards

Lucien Vattel, CEO, GameDesk – sponsored by SBI

Trailblazing education and technology visionary Lucien Vattel is at the forefront of a nationwide crusade to revolutionize learning. As the CEO of the Los Angeles based interactive curriculum publisher GameDesk and founder and CEO of the holistic development technology company WE ARE, Vattel is transforming the traditional learning model into experiential ecosystems to discover and nourish our greatest gifts and discover who we are. Vattels keynote talk will center on the power of the third-teacher in the classroom – the innovative use of space.

The spaces we inhabit have a profound effect on how we inhabit them. Space induces a particular way of feeling, of being. We look inside current learning spaces and look at the world; there is a big disconnect. Students don't need places to sit, listen and write instead they need places to connect, explore, discover, and relate.  Vattels talk will expound on the various contexts and frameworks for innovative learning-based spacial design and the types of teaching and learning culture that these approaches can support. The talk will think about what type of environments supports our own individual greatness how schools could be architected to become be human potentiality incubators.

GameDesk was listed as #6 Most Innovative Education Company in the World by Fast Company and in summer of Vattel secured the largest grant in AT&T history to develop a national learning portal; Educade.org (released in the summer of 2013). Vattel was also the Founder/Co-Director of the PlayMaker School who development was supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Vattel was also co-founder and co-architect of the University Of Southern California’s Undergraduate and Master's CS Program in Game Development where he also served as a faculty lecturer and Associate Director for Games Research at IMSC.

2:30 pm

Conference Close – MetroLink Transportation at your leisure!

Stay Downtown and see the sights, head to the airport or travel back to Tempe on the MetroLink, directions and times will be provided at the event

Attendees will be provided complimentary MetroLink tickets for the ride back to Tempe or to the airport. 

Saturday – April 23, 2016
  Stay the weekend and enjoy Phoenix!