Higher Ed. and the Week of Making

June 17th-23rd 2016


MakeSchools Symposium on June 21st

Join us for a convening in D.C. during the Week of Making

On June 21st in Washington D.C., Higher Ed Makers will join industry leaders, agency representatives and K-12 educators in a provocative discussion on creating inclusiveness and access to making in higher ed and fostering the pipelines from K-12.

This workshop will bring together institution to cultivate cross-sector cooperation to advance the maker movement. Discussion will focus on:

  • presenting experiences, case studies and best practices of deploying maker-based education or makerspaces on US campuses
  • addressing common problems through actionable, implementable resources that address challenges faced by multiple institutions
  • identifying creative solutions to overcoming barriers to access and inclusion in higher education making
  • developing new pipelines for making across K-16 learning


Between 25 and 100 representatives from higher ed institutions, agencies, industry and K-12 education are anticipated. Our objective is to host an inclusive convening of educational institutions including but not limited to research, liberal arts, design and art colleges, community colleges, HBCUs and minority serving institutions, etc to develop a strong representation of perspectives and needs across the spectrum of education experiences.

If you’re interested in attending and/or presenting in person contact: makeschools@cmu.edu


Time Opening
8:00 a.m. Doors open/light breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome and review of agenda
8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Best Practice Lightning Talks
9:00 a.m. Best Practices: Supporting K-12 Pipeline
9:10 a.m. Best Practices: Admissions & Recruiting Makers to Higher Ed Programs
9:20 a.m. Best Practices: Making Maker Spaces
9:40 a.m. Best Practices: Designing Maker Curriculum
9:50 a.m. Best Practices: Building Community (campus, local, national partnerships)
10.00 a.m. Break/Networking
Breakout Sessions
10:10 a.m. Breakout Session I
  • Industry Support of Spaces
  • Engaging and Supporting Diverse Users
  • Helping the Higher Ed community grow
10:55 a.m. Breakout Session II
  • Industry Support of Spaces
  • Engaging and Supporting Diverse Users
  • Helping the Higher Ed community grow
12:15 p.m. Session Report Outs/Action Steps
12:15 a.m. Closing comments; Adjourn to Lunch
1:00 p.m. Close

Note the agenda is subject to change.