Making and Makerspaces been growing in popularity in schools and libraries over the last few years. Opportunities for student-driven exploration and tinkering seem intuitively appealing to many teachers and librarians, and it turns out there are very good reasons why.

This interactive and informative session with Conn McQuinn will explore the neuroscience behind why Making is so engaging, and the important benefits it can provide to students and library users in our busy and over-scheduled world.

Original broadcast June 9. 2020 



Biography ~ Conn McQuinn
Conn McQuinn has spent forty years working in both informal and formal educational settings. He has had the privilege of working for two great institutions, starting his career at Pacific Science Center in Seattle for fifteen years, and then twenty-five years at Puget Sound Educational Service District in Renton, Washington. At Pacific Science Center he directed the nation’s largest traveling science education program, and at PSESD managed numerous projects and workshops on a broad range of topics, including science education, educational technology, robotics, and project-based learning, with much of the last ten years focused on neuroscience in learning.

He was worked with thousands of teachers and administrators from districts throughout Washington State and beyond and presented at conferences across the country. He has a Master’s Degree in Science Education and is the author of sixteen children’s activity books covering a range of seemingly random topics.