Maker Education in Action: Call for Participants

Are you a maker education innovator? We want to hear from you! Vancouver Maker Foundation is seeking makers, maker educators, teachers librarians, skeptics, and enthusiasts to participate in our next Maker Education Meet-Up happening on Saturday, August 12th, from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Centre for Digital Media. Interested in exhibiting? Sign up here.  Application deadline: Monday, July 24th

About the Event:

Maker spaces, clubs, and programs are becoming more popular in schools, community centres, artist-run centres, and libraries. 3D printers are being purchased, LEDs are blinking, and there may even be a “chill zone” for crafting. From learning how to code to cultivating a growth mindset, combining making and learning activities is a great way to encourage students to get hands-on, and “open up the box”.


We’re seeking those interested in presenting:

  • “Lightning Talks”: 90-second talks on something you’re working on, something you care about, or something that makes you laugh (and/or cry).
  • a 5-10 minute talk about something you’ve done.
  • Hands-on / interactive demonstrations.
  • Projects that you’re proud of!


Some questions to ask yourself:

What programs are you implementing in your school or library, and what’s been the impact? What worked or didn’t work? Do you need support in kickstarting a new program? What tools are helpful? What maker mentors have you worked with? What are your favourite maker ed books? Bring your ideas to the meet-up!

Get involved!

Want to be a part of the event but not interested in presenting? We are also seeking volunteers! Sign up by filling out this short form.





Event Facilitators:

Dethe Elza

Dethe is a geek Dad and aesthetic programmer. Dethe enjoys mentoring others through Ladies Learning Code, Software Carpentry, and Webmaker workshops. He created the waterbear visual programming toolkit to make it easier for others to learn to code.


Emily Smith

Educator, community organizer, and hands-on learning advocate, Emily Smith loves to share knowledge, whether through public speaking, documentation, written tutorials, or by leading workshops and demonstrations. She’s passionate about the cultural shift the Maker Movement is bringing about and has devoted her time to fostering environments that encourage learning by making. Emily is the cofounder of the Vancouver Maker Foundation, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, founder of the Vancouver Fibreshed Community, and is focusing on Maker Ed projects in partnership in schools with the Magic Trout Imaginarium. She is a Design Researcher for the Studio for Critical Making at Emily Carr as she completes her Masters of Design program,  focusing on ADST and the maker mindset. You can follow her on instagram at @randomactsofmaking.


Zee Kesler

Zee is an educational innovator and advocate for hands on learning. Zee is also the co-founder of the MakerMobile: Workshop on Wheels, a mobile hackspace and workshop for kids, as well as the Magic Trout Imaginarium, a mobile classroom in a tiny house. Through these projects, Zee hosts professional development workshops, assemblies, and seminars on ADST and the “STEAM approach” to project based learning.