Computers & Technology


Makerspaces: Tinkering is Fun for Teachers, Too!

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 2

Makerspace educators invite students to engage in problem-based learning experiences. These educators follow constructivist and constructionist pedagogies, which allow for open-ended inquiry and student-centered learning. This session explores one gifted specialist’s eye-opening experience with creating a makerspace: everything from applying for grants, creating a makerspace committee, developing and integrating engineering curriculum, and finding resources that were relevant and engaging for our gifted program at our middle school.

Anne Roberts

Graduate Assistant
University of Connecticut

Anne Roberts, M.Ed., is currently in the Educational Psychology doctoral program at the University of Connecticut, focusing on Giftedness, Creativity and Talent Development. She is also in the Program Evaluation graduate certificate program. She currently works as a research assistant to Project SPARK with Dr. Catherine Little. Anne worked as a gifted education specialist, Advanced English teacher, and a Destination Imagination STEM Coordinator in Virginia. While teaching, she received two grants to start a Makerspace in her school, and taught multiple summer enrichment programs in Robotics and Programming.
She has also presented at local, regional, and national conferences on STEM, gifted, and literacy topics. Her research interests include achievement, motivation, and twice-exceptional learners.


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