March 22nd @ 12pm Central US Time

Free for NMC Members
General: $125

Making and Makerspaces in Museums and Libraries: A Framework to Support Learning

Over the past few years, makerspaces have emerged in many learning-focused settings, including museums and libraries, generating a surge of interest worldwide. People of all ages are putting their ideas into action by modeling, prototyping, iterating, and creating using a range of technologies and tools, such as 3D printing. The rise of these creative environments has also raised important questions around professional development, evaluation, sustainability, and institutional philosophies of making. This online session will introduce a framework for designing makerspaces and maker programs, allocating resources, and evaluating evidence of learning. As the panel shares promising practices, challenges, and opportunities, you will gain a better understanding of how the framework could be adapted in your setting.

Learning Objective 1: The participants will learn about the scope and nature of support that IMLS provides for making and learning in museums and libraries nationwide and how that aligns to their overall focus areas.

Learning Objective 2: The participants will understand the three components of the framework to support learning in museum and library makerspaces.

Learning Objective 3: The attendees will discern the link between the framework components and the learning that libraries and museums hope to create for participants.



Meet the Panelists:

Tim Carrigan (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
Tim Carrigan has a decade of program management experience in the cultural heritage and informal learning sector. Since 2007, he has held positions of progressive responsibility at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grantmaking agency whose mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural/civic engagement. Tim currently serves as a member of a team that distributes $181 million of Congressionally appropriated funds in discretionary and block grants annually. Tim's portfolio includes agency investments in early learning and learning spaces in libraries. Tim spent his formative years in New Hampshire and is a graduate of H. John Heinz III College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and Plymouth State University.
Peter Wardrip (Children's Museum of Pittsburgh)
Peter Wardrip is a Learning Scientist at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on informal/formal learning collaborations, professional learning for educators, formative assessment and making as a learning process. Before Peter was a Learning Scientist, he was a high school Latin and English teacher, Peace Corps Volunteer, and Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker. Peter earned his PhD in Learning Sciences and Policy from University of Pittsburgh and is currently a visiting researcher with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments (UPCLOSE) and the Learning Media Design Center at Carnegie Mellon University.