GCDS Maker Faire
April 4, 2017
For Educators and School Administrators

Inspiring making and building in the classroom

Thank you to everyone who attended this year and made our first Maker Faire a great day of learning and sharing!

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Be a MakerJennifer Krayewski and Lindsey Dunn, Greenwich Country Day School
Lower School Creativity Lab

In this hands-on session, we will talk about how we instill a maker mentality throughout our Lower School curriculum. We will share our STEAM based projects and ideas and participants should come ready to create!

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Design Approach to Problem Solving through Project Based Learning

Jed Dioguardi, Hackley School
Upper School Graphics Lab

The teaching of the skills of problem solving has long focused on a structured algorithmic approach. Design Thinking has also arisen as a trend in K-12 curriculum as a more abstract approach to product creation. What do these two approaches have in common and how can the skill from these disciplines be applied in education, especially in the area of project based learning?

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Digital Journals Using the App SeeSaw

Caroline Hanley, Greenwich Country Day School
Lower School Library

Come and explore with SeeSaw! Learn to easily create a digital learning journal for each child in your class using the app Seesaw. In this session we will explore the app and practice setting up a class with student journals, demonstrate the ease of student use, and see how to link parents.

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Fashion Design and Wearable Technology

Patricia Moran, Greenwich Country Day School
Upper School Sewing Room

Fashion in the age of technology is changing the way we think about handmade v.s. machine-made products. Students are exploring the function of wearable design through STEAM and project based learning. Through collaborative teamwork and adapting to new challenges and being resourceful, they bring creativity and innovation to design. In this hands-on session participants will make their own piece of wearable technology.

Rapid Prototyping & App Development

Sam Rosenfeld, Greenwich Country Day School
Upper School Library Classroom

Let's design some applications you can test on any device using Code.org App Lab! No coding experience required, but having some familiarity with block-based programming (Scratch, Blockly, etc.) will help you get the most out of this workshop.

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Christine Leonard, littleBits representative
Middle School LABrary

Design Thinking is both a conviction that we can make a positive difference in our communities and an intentional process that equips us with the tools necessary to make those changes. We will be learning about Design Thinking through hands-on activities that will empower you to tackle challenges with greater insight and a broader perspective.

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Traveling the World with Your Students Using Google Expeditions

David Saunders, Greenwich Country Day School
Upper School Conference Room

Interested in using virtual reality with your students, but haven’t had a chance to experience what it’s like? In this workshop, participants will journey around the world without leaving their chairs! Using Google Expeditions, we will travel to Egypt, observe the migration in Kenya, and visit the Great Wall of China! We will then spend time researching and developing virtual reality lessons around content relevant to your curriculum.

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Keynote Speaker

Sylvia Martinez
Principal Advisor, FabLearn Fellows, Stanford University

Sylvia is the author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom (2013) and Meaning Making: Projects and Inspirations for Fab Labs and Makerspaces (2016).


The Greenwich Country Day School
401 Old Church Road, Greenwich, CT 06830
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2017 Schedule

8:45 - 9:15am Registration and Coffee
Performing Arts Center

9:15 - 10:30am Keynote and Q&A with Sylvia Martinez
Performing Arts Center

10:45 - 11:15am Maker Faire Room Open for Browsing
North Gym

11:30am - 12:30pm Workshops
See below for workshop options and locations.
Each workshop group will meet in the Gym and walk together to specific workshop location.
The Maker Faire Room is also open for browsing during this time.

12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch, Roundtable Discussions, and Raffle
Barn Gym

1:30 - 2:15pm Browsing in Maker Faire, Tours
North Gym, all tours will meet in the Gym

The tours include visiting the Lower School Creativity Lab, Middle School LABrary, and Upper School CME Lab, highlighting the areas in each division that are STEAM environments.

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