Libraries are about discovery. Giving people a safe and comfortable place to dream, think, and create is very important because it gives them a chance to explore various technologies and educational opportunities that they can use to enrich their lives. STEAM education refers to teaching and learning, mostly hands-on, in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Learn in this webinar how St. Petersburg College’s Innovation Lab managed to incorporate the STEAM education framework via their well-received and grant supported Maker Boot Camp. In the first Maker Boot Camp, children between 10 and 14 years old learned video game design, how to build a synthesizer and control sounds/voltage with littleBits, 3D design/printing, robotics, basic circuitry and electronics, virtual reality, creating holograms, and more. In this webinar: • Understand what it takes to create and manage a collaborative learning space. • Explore a variety of technologies and tools to help enhance learning. • Learn how Maker Boot Camp was organized and how it continues to excite people of all ages. • Realize the importance of partnering with businesses and other organizations.
Original broadcast February 24, 2016
Biography ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, adjunct professor, manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College, and is the CTO at Novare Library Services.
While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries. Chad also plays drums in Fowler’s Bluff, a local rock band with their own craft beer with the same name, who has just recently released their third album.