Episode two of our podcast, We Make The Future, is out now and we're running a competition to celebrate!
The second episode of our podcast is all about maker spaces; how to design then, use them and crucially, fund them. Maker spaces are spreading across the globe, but often administrators and teachers have a difficult time finding ways to integrate them into their learning environments.
So who better to explain how to do all that and more than Nicholas Provenzano, aka The Nerdy Teacher. Nicholas is the author of a new book, entitled, The Maker Mentality. Using his personal experiences as a maker, maker space director, teacher, and bonafide nerd, Nicholas breaks down the key aspects of The Maker Mentality and how each part of the learning community can work to make a positive change in their school’s culture.
Win a pi-top and copy of The Maker Mentality.
To win a copy of the book, and a shiny new pi-top for your maker space, enter our competition now. Head over to our competition page by clicking the link (here are our terms and conditions PDF). The winner will be contacted by December 2018.
With an emphasis on experimentation, collaboration and play, pi‑top helps bring coding, STEAM and physical computing to life via its unique modular hardware and maker-centric projects and kits. It's the perfect addition to your maker space, and lets students explore physical computing and develop problem-solving skills as they tackle challenges collaboratively. If you'd like more information on how pi-top can help your school, club or institution, get in touch today.
Nick's been in education for the past 16 years, he's a Google Certified Educator, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, a TEDEd Innovative Educator, and was recognised as an Emerging Leader by ASCD. He has a Masters in Educational Technology through Central Michigan University.
In 2017, he started a new position as the Middle School Technology Coordinator and Maker space Director at University Liggett School where he was tasked to build a Maker space and program to support making and project-based learning for students in grades 6-12.