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Friday, January 26, 2024

12:00pm EST

Dr. Liz Whitewolf, Founding Director, eduFAB

Keynote Address: Rethinking Tinkering

Dr. Gary Stager, Founder & CEO, Constructing Modern Knowledge

After about fifteen years of the maker movement and the adoption of makerpsaces in education, Dr. Gary Stager, co-author of Invent to Learn - Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, has some thoughts on tinkering. This keynote will review some lessons learned and launch educators towards a future students deserve.

1:05pm EST
Hands on workshops

Art and Coding in Python Using ImagiCharm

Artur Coelho, Agrupamento de Escolas Venda do Pinheiro, Portugal


Gamified Learning: From Plan to Play

Noor Suwaidan, Fab Lab Bahrain

From Engineering with Paper to CAD 3D Modeling

Godwyn Morris, Dazzling Discoveries, Skill Mill NYC, USA


Integrating Generative AI in K-12 School Makerspaces

Dr. Sayed Mahmoud, BBS Makerspace, Kuwait

2D Assemblies using Laser Cutting and TinkerCAD

Ahmed Khaled, San3a Tech, Fab Lab Egypt


2:00pm EST
Hands on workshops

Cardboard Prototyping: A Hands-On Approach to Building Smart Projects

Amany Ayman Mohamed, San3a Tech, Fab Lab Egypt


TinkerCAD Circuits: Simulating STEM Projects

Samuel Branco, Externato Cooperativo da Benedita, Portugal


Playing with Purpose: Board Game Creation as a Nexus for Design Thinking & Engineering


Andrew Verrilli, Alta Vista School, California, USA


CAD GPT: Exploring Generative AI for 3D Modeling

Jorge Montalvo, New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Origami Automation / PBL in the Makerspace (pre-recorded talks)

Sedat Yalçın, FabLab Idealab, Istanbul, Turkey / Megan Ewing, 1st Makerspace



2:45pm EST
A Minute with a Sponsor

Thank you to our Conference Supporter, Fab Foundation. Sherry Lassiter, CEO, will share a few words.

Community Challenge: Open Inventory Project

Dr. Liz Whitewolf, Founding Director, eduFAB

As schools are rapidly adding digital makerspaces and technologies are constantly changing, classroom teachers are often left to research equipment for these spaces without any resources. Join the call to add your technology recommendations to the eduFAB Open Inventory Project.

3:00pm EST
Quick Talks and Unconference Discussions
These sessions will be divided into three slots and run concurrently with 3 Unconference Discussions.
Session A - 3:00-3:25pm

Programming and Machine Learning in STEAM Activities with Pictoblox

Paulo Jorge Nogueira Torcato, Agrupamento de Escolas de Portela e Moscavide, Portugal

Centering Sustainability with Hands-On Projects
Olivia Kotsifa, SYN Fab Lab, Athens, Greece


MyMachine USA: Elementary students design their own 'Dream Machine'

Adam Maltese, Indiana University, USA

Making Meaning: Middle School Students' Self-Awareness and Confidence in a Makerspace

Lucie deLaBruere, Create Make Learn, Vermont, USA

Network of Educators in Qatar: Using Digital Tools in Schools

Ilaria La Manna, Studio 5, Doha, Qatar

Unconference Discussion Topic (vote when you register)

Session B - 3:30 - 3:55pm

Rapid-Fire Innovations: 25 AI powered Tools in 20 Minutes

Dennis Conner, The Gregory School, Arizona, USA

DIY Math Manipulatives for Agentive Teaching and Playful Learning

Dr. Steven Greenstein, Karmen Yu, & Emily Olson, Montclair State University, NJ, USA

Igniting the Passion of Future Fabricators

Megan Boletta, Bucks Co. Intermediate Unit, Doylestown, PA, USA

Green Kit for E-STEM: Solar Irrigation in the IoT

Martin Oloo & Rabin Otieno, FabLab Winam, Kisumu, Kenya

Failure and Success: They're Different?

Jennifer Ellis, Global Center for Digital Innovation, Chattanooga, TN, USA


Unconference Discussion Topic (vote when you register)

Session C - 4:00 - 4:25pm

High School Participation in Fab Academy

Tom Dubick, Charlotte Latin School, North Carolina, USA

Making Math: 3D Printing in Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus

Joan Horvath, Nonscriptum LLC, California, USA

Mentors in the Making: Overcoming COVID Challenges

Cathy Coudriet & Emily Hughes, Pittsburgh, PA, USA


Unlocking the Potential of Makers, Thinkers, and Visionaries

Paul Bierker, Allegheny Educational Systems, Pittsburgh, PA, USA


Unconference Discussion Topic (vote when you register)



4:25pm EST
Closing Remarks

Liz Whitewolf

1:15 workshops

Thank you to our Summit Supporters


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