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Nov. 28, 2017

Child Creativity Lab Hosts Community Roundtable on the Maker Movement in Schools
November 28, 2017


NATIONWIDE EDUCATION TREND THAT PROMOTES CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION WILL BE DISCUSSED AMONG LOCAL SCHOOL STAKEHOLDERS



SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA (November 28, 2017) – The Child Creativity Lab, a non-profit organization that fosters the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and leaders through hands-on, creativity-enhancing exploration, is hosting a roundtable discussion for local school administrators, teachers and other stakeholders to explore how “Maker Education” can be incorporated to facilitate more effective STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and other school curriculum. The meeting will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the organization’s center in Santa Ana.

While many school districts are embracing the concept of the Maker Movement trend, the discussion will explore how to better incorporate and overcome challenges when trying to implement specific Maker activities, technologies, and spaces.

“This ideology has overlapped with national and state education initiatives around the emphasis on science and technology, which in large part helped transition the Maker Movement from a niche hobby to the mainstream”, said Peter Chang, executive director of Child Creativity Lab. “Unfortunately, because this is still so new, there’s been considerable inconsistencies on best practices on how to best facilitate ‘maker education’ that meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and other curriculum goals.”

The meeting is being held in collaboration with Maker Ed, a national nonprofit that provides educators and institutions with training and resources to execute maker-centered education.

 

“Maker-centered learning can extend beyond the need to meet NGSS because it allows for more than just curricular change-it's about how learning happens during the school day, how teachers and youth interact, and enabling youth voice to play a role in the educational systems,” adds Stephanie Chang, interim executive director at Maker Ed. “Though it's often found among STEM areas, there are wonderful examples of maker education being a strong vehicle for learning other courses such as history, language arts, etc.”

Sylvia Libow Martinez, author of “Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom,” will be a guest speaker at the meeting.

 

Attendance to the discussion is free. For more information and to RSVP, please go to http://cclmakereducation.eventbrite.com/.

 

ABOUT THE CHILD CREATIVITY LAB
The Child Creativity Lab's mission is to foster the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and leaders through hands-on creativity-enhancing exploration. The organization's vision is to inspire children to challenge their comfort levels and thereby raising their potential for personal development and contributions to society. The Child Creativity Lab opened its Depot for Creative Reuse in September of 2015. This facility features a community makerspace that offers an eclectic variety of STEAM-based workshops for children, teens, and educators that are hands-on, purposeful, and yet fun, engaging, and similar in excitement level and entertainment value of jump houses and other “pure-play” amusement centers. The organization also offers STEAM-based educational outreach programs, via the Child Creativity Lab Museum-on-Wheels, to schools, libraries, community events, afterschool programs, churches, and more. For more information, visit www.childcreativitylab.org.

The Child Creativity Lab is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For general information, visit www.childcreativitylab.org.

Media Contact:
Peter Chang
(714) 580-8392