The School of Education at Sonoma State University promotes a community of makers who make things that matter. Our maker culture’s core values include:
The School of Education at Sonoma State University fosters maker culture through The Maker Certificate Program. The Maker Certificate Program is a unique professional development and mentorship opportunity for educators to introduce Making in PreK16 learning environments. The program helps participants to:
Learn more at http://www.thestartupclassroom.org/maker-course/
The Maker Certificate Program offers a series of mini courses designed for people seeking to lead Maker activities in schools, clubs, community centers, libraries and other settings. Designed by maker educators for educators, the Maker curriculum enables participants to learn the principles and practices of the Maker movement, including an interdisciplinary focus on science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM), and design an action plan for implementation. The core values and key learning and design principles are adapted from the Connected Learning movement and research: http://connectedlearning.tv/what-is-connected-learning.
The Maker Certificate Program course list includes:
1. Making for Educators combines handson Making activities with tools and resources for building a culture of making in a local learning environment. Participants will engage in sustainable Maker activities as they build a personal learning network (PLN) of Makers and analyze how to support and fund a fully equitable and connected Maker space and/or activity.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer; 7 meetings: 4 Saturday sessions and 3 online class sessions; 25 hours; 2.5 CEUs
2. Introduction to Making, an online course, introduces participants to the philosophy and world of making through interactive activities and Making experiences. Participants will examine their own learning environments, be it a classroom environment, library hang out space, community center, or after school fab lab, to determine how to best create a space that promotes and holds a culture of Making and sharing.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer online; 15 hours; 1.5 CEUs
3. Hack Your Notebook: Illuminate Your Thinking with 21st Century Notebooking, a makerbased STEAM learning activity NEXMAP and CV2 that combines electronics with journals and sketchbooks, turning the traditional notebook into a tool for prototyping. This introductory course explores techniques and affordances of paper circuitry and the connections across content areas such as science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM), and bridges core ideas and concepts from the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) standards, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and artbased studio habits of mind.
Offered in Spring; 15 hours; 1.5 CEUs
4. The Maker Professional Development hybrid course supports educators with networking with local makers in their community and finalizing their Maker Design Project. Students are required for 10 or more hours to attend and/or volunteer at local or online Maker events and activities while they work with an advisor to complete their Maker Design Project.
Offered in Fall & Spring; 10 hours; 1 CEU
Learn more about the Maker Certificate’s course offerings at http://www.thestartupclassroom.org/maker-courses
Maker Certificate Program Requirements
Sonoma State’s Maker Educators are involved in local K-12 educational settings as teachers, administrators, and librarians. They are makers themselves and they design maker activities and projects for their own students.
(We hold the Maker Certificate courses off campus at local K-12 school sites.)
The School of Education at Sonoma State University supports with local maker educators and organizations, including a North Bay Maker Educator meet-up.
The School of Education at Sonoma State University is partners with the Sonoma County Office of Education and Maker Media in order to promote maker education in the region.
Faculty and students are excited about the prospect of starting a makerspace on campus and hosting young makers.
The School of Education at Sonoma State University is partnering with local business leaders, the local community college, and local markers to start the first North Bay makerspace in the region in summer 2015.
The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy has reached out to the Maker Certificate Program and our regional partners to learn more about our program and local initiatives related to maker education.