Exclusive Services

Laura Fleming has helped to plan and create makerspaces in  Pre-K through 12 school districts across the nation.  In addition to keynotes and featured speaker presentations, and many other professional learning options, she is also the author of two best-selling books on educational makerspaces.   If you are looking for makerspace PD that focuses on products and following step-by-step directions of STEM kits, that is not what her professional learning sessions are about.  At the core of her sessions, is her  Worlds of Making Makerspace Planning Process, which has been used to create makerspaces in libraries, classrooms, and school communities. It is data-driven and makes meaningful connections to school communities and the wider world. 

 

It is Laura’s firm belief that no two makerspaces should be exactly alike, because no two school communities are exactly alike.  Whether you are new to the maker movement, or already are on your way, her sessions will help you uncover a space that works best for your individual school community.  Her sessions can be tailored for district-wide professional development, as well as for small groups and even individuals.

 

Her expertise includes:

  • A thorough understanding of the research and best practices for establishing a makerspace(s) for libraries, classrooms, schools, and districts.

  • Appropriately supporting makerspaces with materials, supplies and resources.

  • Strategies for boosting the creativity and maker skills of students and to challenge students to use higher-level thinking skills. 

  • Effectively managing and facilitating a school makerspace.

Creating Spaces for Students to Make

In this “Makerspace 101” session, participants will:

  • Uncover a personal philosophy for what making means.

  • Articulate a vision that encapsulates makerspace goals and mission.

  • Plan a makerspace that is grounded in research and evidence-based best practices.

  • Learn how to select materials and supplies that support a makerspace on any budget.

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Worlds of Making

(*As a prerequisite, it is highly suggested that all participants have read Laura’s first book, Worlds of Making:  Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School)

  • Gain strategies for boosting the maker skills of your students.

  • Experience hands-on activities that showcase the power of making, tinkering, design and engineering.

  • Learn how to use effective prompting strategies to challenge students to higher-level thinking skills and to boost creativity.

  • Develop an understanding of strategies for assessment of skills in a makerspace.

  • Create a digital extension of your makerspace.

  • Compare and contrast various models for making and creating, including the Design Thinking process.

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Making GREAT Makerspaces

(*As a prerequisite, it is highly suggested that all participants have read Laura’s first book, Worlds of Making:  Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School and a requirement that they have on hand for the session, The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces).  

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of the Maker Movement.

  • Analyze and examine the attributes for creating a GREAT makerspace.

  • Consider best practices for establishing a makerspace in a school.

  • Create a makerspace action plan.

  • Gain strategies for effectively managing a facilitating a GREAT makerspace.

  • Experience hands-on activities to enhance understanding of planning, creating, managing and facilitating a GREAT makerspace.

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Making GREAT Makerspaces Intensive Experience

This 3-5 day intensive workshop is based on the Making GREAT makerspace session, but offers a deeper dive into the world of Making GREAT Makerspaces.  (*As a prerequisite, it is highly suggested that all participants have read Laura’s first book, Worlds of Making:  Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School and a requirement that they have on hand for the session, The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces).  In addition, participants will be asked to bring with them the results of a student survey.

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of the Maker Movement. 

  • Consider best practices for establishing a makerspace in a school.

  • Participate in a “Rapid Makerspace Research” exercise. 

  • Create a makerspace vision board and a preliminary mission statement that encapsulates the vision for a makerspace.

  • Be guided and coached through the “Worlds of Making” Planning Process for creating a GREAT makerspace, which includes collecting necessary data and analyzing that data using the “Space, Saturate and Group” method.

  • Think critically about the attributes for creating a GREAT makerspace, using the ‘Worlds of Making’ MethodKit.

  • Build a tools and materials wishlist that will effectively support a makerspace, using the “MAKER” Framework.

  • Gain strategies for effectively managing a facilitating a GREAT makerspace.

  • Develop a makerspace badging initiative that will be used for assessing maker skills.

  • Develop a virtual makerspace extension to the physical makerspace.

  • Experience hands-on activities to inspire creativity in a makerspace,  including participating in a design sprint.

  • Develop makerspace prompts and provocations and participate in a collaborative “Mash-Up”’ Innovation exercise. 

  • Determine the best process for designing and creating in a makerspace. 

  • Reflect on makerspace experiences and create a map for the future.

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SCHOOL/DISTRICT OPTION

Laura is offering a special online makerspace professional learning series that focuses on making GREAT makerspaces.  These longitudinal PD sessions are done via Google Hangout and are a series of 4, 1hr sessions, open to K-12 educators and school leaders.  The sessions include an overview of the maker movement, as well as best practices for planning, creating, and facilitating a makerspace.   There is no limit to the amount of participants per district for these sessions.

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INDIVIDUAL OPTION

Laura is now offering another professional learning option for those individuals who might be seeking makerspace PD. Worlds of Making, in partnership with S&S Worldwide, is proud to offer online, self-paced professional learning opportunities for educators. Her course, Creating a Makerspace for Students, can be found here.

BOOK STUDY

For schools who purchase 25 or more copies of either of Laura’s books, she will meet with your group FOR FREE via Google Hangout for 30 minutes, for Q&A!