The East Bay Maker Educator Meetup (EBMEM) is a professional learning community organized by and for Bay Area educators interested in maker-centered learning.
We meet once a month throughout the school year, rotating locations to a different school site each meeting. Food and childcare are provided, and all interested parties are invited to attend.
Our goals include the following:
Support: To build a community for East Bay Educators to share stories, activities, materials, experiences, and receive ongoing support.
Network: To provide networking opportunities for individuals and teachers interested in making.
Prioritize Equity: Support all types of schools to integrate making into their classrooms and learning environments -- especially those serving low-income and historically marginalized students.
Past EBMEM agendas have included:
UC Davis Beta Lab Researchers: Designing seeing and documentation stations for youth
Google Cardboard: Making with students, implications of virtual reality in the classroom
Ignite Talks: Featuring local maker educators
Agency by Design Workshop: Led by Project Zero Researchers
East Bay Mini Maker Faire: Day-long educator program
Maker Empowerment Grants: Starting a makerspace at your school
Thinking Routines: Using Parts, Purposes, and Complexities in the classroom
Connecting Arts Integration and Maker Education: Where are the overlaps?
To join our Google + group for upcoming meetings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invite. Please include brief info on your interest in the EBMEM, as well as any organizational or school affiliation you'd like to share.
The EBMEM is funded by the Abundance Foundation. Teacher-leaders of the EBMEM are involved in the Agency by Design Research project, developed by Project Zero, a research institute of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.