Why can't school be more like a Maker Faire? The answer is: it can. Learn how to advocate for making in your school from the authors of "Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom."
Co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom; president of the non-profit Generation YES; maker; mom; electrical engineer
Gary Stager, Constructing Modern Knowledge
Veteran teacher-educator and speaker who has taught making in the classroom for more than 30 years.
Sylvia is President of Generation YES, a non-profit with a mission of empowering young people to improve their schools and communities with modern technology. Sylvia works in schools around the world to bring the power of authentic learning into classrooms, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects. Sylvia speaks, writes, and advocates for student-centered, project-based learning, gender equity in technology, computer programming, and life-long learning. Previous to Generation YES, Sylvia was in charge of product development at several software publishers, designing and creating video games and educational software. Sylvia also had a career in aerospace engineering as a senior scientist on the GPS navigational satellite system research and development. She holds a masters in educational technology and a bachelors in electrical engineering.
Gary Stager, an internationally recognized educator, speaker and consultant, is the Executive Director of The Constructivist Consortium. Since 1982, Gary has helped learners of all ages on six continents embrace the power of computers as intellectual laboratories and vehicles for self-expression. He led professional development in the world’s first laptop schools (1990), has designed online graduate school programs since the mid-90s, was a collaborator in the MIT Media Lab’s Future of Learning Group and a member of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation’s Learning Team. Stager’s doctoral research involved working with longtime colleague, Dr. Seymour Papert, on the creation a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens. This work documented Papert’s most-recent institutional research project.