ISLMA Virtual Maker Meetup 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Opening Session

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


Breakout Session 1

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Maybe you’ve heard it; maybe you’ve said it. We don’t have the time, money, resources, room, or expertise to start a MakerSpace! Join me to hear one dozen reasons why you (or your co-workers!) shouldn’t let the excuses hold you back from getting started.

Don't be afraid to just do it! I started my makerspace in October of 2016. Join me and let me tell you my story of how I got my space started, how I introduced it to the school and how I've adapted the organization of my makerspace.




Through a Knight Foundation grant, Maker Kits for loan to libraries throughout Illinois are being provided by an ILEAD team. The kits include 3-D printers, Strawbees, LittleBits circuits, Dash and Dot robots, button making, Makey Makey circuits, Sphero robots, Silhouette Cameo 2D design and 3-D Doodler pens. The kits circulate for four weeks and are for in-library use only.

Breakout Session 2

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Have you ever wondered how to take literature and turn it into a STEM challenge or base a makerspace off of literature? This session will be a “field guide” into how this transformation could look from start to finish in your classroom or library.


Are you curious about how quadcopters, commonly referred to as drones, can be integrated into your maker program? This session will help you see the potential for developing grit in your learners through coding, problem solving and collaboration in your learners.

In this session on green screen technology, you will learn more about what you need to get started, projects and activities you can do, and even how your green screen can generate revenue for your club or group.

Breakout Session 3

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


A fantastic tool to build collaboration, problem solving and imagination in your makerspace. This session will highlight ways I've used Rigamajig to encourage students to prototype and explore with this phenomenal learning tool.

I will share how to maximize makerspaces through incorporating children's literature and creative writing. Participants will leave this session with ideas and activities to take back to their library and implement right away.

CoSpaces is a free online tool that allows students to demonstrate their learning through the creation of 3D worlds. These worlds can then be shared using virtual reality viewers such as Google Cardboard or Viewmaster VR Starter Kit. This session will give you an overview of this tool and share some ideas about how it can be used with K-12 students.