Featured seminar:


How to Maximize your Existing Makerspace or Build a New One 

Presented by Dr. Tricia Kuon
An Award-Winning School Librarian and International Presenter for Bureau of Education & Research (BER) and Institute for Educational Development (IED)


Teachers, Administrators, Public Librarians, Library Media Specialists, Library Aides, and Resource Teachers Serving Grades K-12

  • Increase student interest and learning in your classroom or library through engaging and meaningful MAKERSPACES

  • See examples of great MAKERSPACES from across the country

  • Numerous cost-efficient ideas to help you maximize your time and resources

Practical Ideas and Strategies

This NEW, exciting seminar has been designed to help strengthen learning programs through engaging Makerspaces. Using Makerspaces meets the following needs:

  • Provides access and opportunity to use a variety of tools and technology

  • Emphasizes the 5 Cs of 21st Century Learning: collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, communication and citizenship

  • Aligns with curriculum to extend and enhance classroom instruction

  • Allows for STEAM activities and experiences

  • Turns classrooms & libraries into spaces for absorbing and creating knowledge

Dr. Tricia Kuon, an award-winning teacher & librarian, will share how to develop an inviting, thriving environment where students can create and learn from each other. Tricia will provide you with numerous cost-efficient ideas to help you maximize your time and resources. Communicating with your stakeholders, locating inexpensive resources, and maximizing your space are just a few of the topics that will be discussed. Whether you have existing Makerspaces or are new to the idea of offering Makerspaces, you are sure to find a wealth of ideas in this powerful one-day seminar!

Join Tricia for an inspiring day filled with practical tips that will give you the tools you need to develop or enhance your own Makerspaces. 

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Practical and Easy Ways to Incorporate Makerspaces that Will Transform Your School, Classroom, or Library
    Dozens of ideas, strategies and resources to help you create or enhance Makerspaces in your learning space … Cost-effective and innovative strategies you can use immediately!

  2. Learn Tips and Tricks From Those Who Have Successfully Created Makerspaces
    Learn from the experience of others who have created outstanding Makerspaces … Discover what worked and what didn’t, saving yourself time and money

  3. Numerous Cost-Efficient Ideas to Help You Maximize Your Time and Resources
    You don’t have to start from scratch and spend hours of time planning – use what you already have and add to it along the way … Tricia will show you how!

  4. Develop Makerspaces that Support Essential 21st Century Learning Skills
    Makerspaces go beyond fun by creating an environment where creating, collaborating, critical thinking, and communication are essential

  5. Create Makerspaces that Meet the Needs of Your School and Community
    Discover how to conduct a needs assessment to help you design Makerspaces that will play a vital role in your school and community

  6. Boost STEAM Skills with Makerspaces
    Learn how Makerspaces support and reinforce Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math skills

  7. Stretch Your Budget and Use Existing Resources
    While some Makerspace materials can be high tech and high cost, many awesome Makerspaces require extremely inexpensive materials that you probably have in your school

  8. Make Time for Makerspaces
    In an already busy schedule, how can you possibly implement this great new practice? Let’s talk about what others are doing and what might work best for you

  9. Engage all Users 
    Because Makerspaces are so completely engaging, students who may be difficult to engage will thrive

  10. The best way to learn about Makerspaces is to USE Makerspaces.  We will practice the Makerspace Use Process together to see what works, what doesn't, and explore possibilities

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Dozens of ways to develop an inviting, thriving learning environment with Makerspaces

  • How to get started or enhance your existing Makerspaces

  • The hottest trends in Makerspace creation and how you can use them in your classroom

  • Numerous resources to help you create or adapt what others are doing with Makerspaces

  • Current research to see what is being done, what’s working, and what’s not

  • Curriculum objectives to clarify what Makerspaces are and why they are important for administrators, colleagues, students, and parents

  • Ideas for inexpensive Makerspaces

  • Use Makerspaces to boost STEAM skills for every student

  • Ideas to make sure your Makerspaces challenge students to higher-order thinking

  • Best practices, tips and tricks from successful Makerspace creators

  • Make your learning space more inviting for all students using innovative Makerspaces

  • Time and money-saving tips and strategies

  • Greatly enhance your classroom or library with Makerspaces – ideas you can use!

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Like many of you, I felt like I was a good teacher librarian.  I was always busy doing important, productive work and was happy with the results of my efforts on my students and colleagues. This Makerspace concept was new to me. I was worried about many issues and questions that could arise:

What is it? Why am I doing it? Is this just playing? Why are we playing in the library? What will the students learn? Is it messy? Is it loud? Why am I doing something messy and loud in the library? Will the students like it? Will the teachers and administrators like it? How much will it cost? How do I justify the expense?

Determined not to let my fears stop me, I began with two to three activities my first week of using Makerspaces. Within a month, I had added about 20 possible activities and that number continued to grow rapidly over time.

What I discovered was amazing! Students needed Makerspaces.

Makerspaces allow for engaged, creative, enthusiastic learning without all of the pressure and anxiety that accompanies most school learning. My Makerspace is so popular, inviting and wonderful that I cannot imagine my library without it. As my Makerspace grew, my understanding of Makerspaces, how to use them, why to use them, and the many significant educational benefits that come with their use has been a revelation. Libraries have been thought of as places for storing knowledge for centuries. Makerspaces allow libraries to be spaces for creating knowledge as well.

In this seminar, we will explore Makerspaces together. We will take a look at why and how and who is doing what and what works and what doesn’t work. We will also discuss the importance of educational practice transforming in accordance to the educational needs of students and how that transformation affects stakeholders in the most amazing ways. Mostly, we will engage, create, collaborate, and explore.

Whether you work as an administrator, teacher, or librarian in an elementary, middle, high school, or a public library, this seminar will provide you with the motivation, strategies and resources to start up your own successful Makerspace or enhance your existing Makerspace.

Tricia Kuon

P.S. This seminar will focus on practical, budget-friendly ideas that will have you establishing thriving Makerspaces immediately!


Who Should Attend

Teachers, Administrators, School Librarians, Public Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, Resource Teachers, Serving Grades K-12 who are interested in advancing existing makerspaces or beginning a new one.