Maker Ed Summit 2019

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Schedule & Logistics

IMPORTANT: The $10.00 Eventbrite ticket includes the price of the Summit and entry to Maker Faire Austin. It's all in one combined ticket.

When checking out via Eventbrite, enter the promo code first. It will "reveal" this specially-priced ticket.

If you select a ticket first, then apply the code, it won't work.

Friday, May 3


$8.00 for the Palmer Events Center garage

7:00 - 9:00 pm

"Maker Happy Hour" (Optional)

Summit attendees are invited to join the Makers in the main hall for free pizza, beer, and soft drinks. This is a fun behind-the-scenes view of Maker Faire Austin.

Saturday, May 4


$8.00 for the Palmer Events Center garage

8:45 - 9:00

Sign In (Upstairs)

Note: you will need to present your Maker Faire Austin ticket (that is free with the purchase of Summit admission) at the main entrance first, then proceed upstairs to where the Summit is being held. There will be a UTeach Maker volunteer in the hallway and signs posted to help with navigation.

9:00 - 9:15

Opening Remarks

9:15 - 9:30


9:30 - 10:30

Breakout Sessions, Round 1

10:30 - 10:45

Transition Time

10:45 - 11:45

Breakout Sessions, Round 2

11:45 - Noon

Closing Remarks


Visit the Playground

Enjoy the Faire!

Breakout Sessions: 9:30 - 10:30

Room 1: Empathy & Cardboard Design

Format: Hands-On Workshop

Presenters: Cody Phelps

Organizations: Thinkery

Topic: Low-Tech Design Thinking


Explore design thinking with Thinkery! Learn about the importance of empathy in design by making something meaningful for a partner. Using low-tech materials, such as cardboard and craft materials, design and build a prototype that could help solve your partner’s problem.

Room 2: Maker-Centered Instruction 101

Format: Round Table Discussion

Presenters: Shelly Rodriguez, Steven Fletcher, Stefanie Nguyen

Organizations: UTeach Maker, St. Edward’s University, St. Gabriel’s Catholic School

Topic: Maker-Centered Instruction


In this session, participants will get an introduction to the fundamentals of maker-centered instruction and will have the opportunity to engage in round table discussions about how to start, manage, and assess maker projects. Participants will also see examples of educational maker activities and lessons from UTeach Maker and the St. Edward's University Maker Weekend Workshop Series.

Room 3: Express Yourself: Making Across the Content Areas

Format: Hands-On Workshop

Presenters: Krystal Rankhorn, Patrick Benfield

Organizations: UTeach Maker, Austin Maker Ed

Topic: Maker-Centered Learning, STEAM Integration


Humanities and STEM collide in this hands-on/minds-on workshop. Participants will explore practical, classroom-ready techniques for making in the classroom while working in teams to create a 3D artifact. Make your content area come to life with art, design, craft materials, real tools, and more.

Breakout Sessions: 10:45 - 11:45

Room 1: The Interface: Physical Computing with Young People

Format: Hands-On Workshop

Organizations: Texas State University, Families Learning Together

Presenter: Sean Justice, Alexa Briones, Nidia Mendoza

Topic: Computational making with Scratch, microcontrollers, and craft materials.


In this hands-on workshop, participants will work with craft electronics and computational switches (e.g., Makey Makey, micro:bits) to build a physical computing interface that activates a Scratch animation. Participants should have a Scratch account and bring a laptop computer. Other materials will be provided. Sign up for Scratch here - it's FREE!

Room 2: Kinetic Sculptures

Format: Hands-On Workshop

Presenters: Jean Feeser, Juliet Goodfellow

Organizations: UTeach Maker

Topic: Making in Education


A kinetic sculpture is a piece of artwork that has moving parts. Making one requires creativity and an understanding of mathematical and scientific principles. In education, these can be used as a hands-on activity or project where students integrate and apply the concepts they learn in the classroom. Students will be creating both an artifact of learning and a work of art, and have fun while doing it! In this workshop, you will be introduced to three examples showing how kinetic art can be integrated into the classroom, and have the opportunity to make some yourself.

Room 3: BYOD: Build Your Own Device!

Formate: Hands-On Workshop

Presenters: Elijah Phillip, Elliot Poulter

Organization: pi-top

Topic: Digital Making, Raspberry Pi


Assemble. Learn. Keep! During this workshop, you’ll learn about the pi-top, an inexpensive modular laptop -- from the inside out by assembling one of your very own. Once built, take it for a test drive and explore its potential for coding, inventing, and tinkering. Afterward, feel free to build more; these will be donated to local community organizations.

Hardware Playground