Make! Creation Through Imagination

Get Ready to MAKE!

DATE: May 17, 2022 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
LOCATION: University of Indianapolis – Schwitzer Student Center 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227

Students learn best by doing. Imagination-powered education makes learning and teaching fun. That’s why the makerspace movement is inspiring classrooms across the country. 

So, what is a makerspace? It’s a classroom creativity hub where students design, build, and learn through hands-on projects aligned with academic standards. Sailing boats, designing robots, experimenting with gardening—the words “I wonder” lead the way. 

Join STEM Teach Indiana and 1st Maker Space on May 17 for a hands-on conference all about makerspaces in K-8 classrooms. 

  • Learn to develop makerspace projects across all subject matters
  • Explore how to coach students through the Engineering Design Process
  • Gain tips for using math to reinforce grade level standards 
  • Discover strategies for infusing literacy and reading into STEM projects
  • Gather resources for creating a sustainable maker movement in your school
  • Plus much more! 

Workshops: Master makerspaces in these hands-on workshops!

Service Learning

Literacy & TeacherGeek How to Create a Culture of Making Tools & Safety

Explore opportunities to incorporate serving others through makerspace projects.

Discover and share ideas on how to incorporate literacy and reading into STEM projects, including TeacherGeek kits.

Explore and test planning resources for creating a sustainable maker community.

Discuss safety guidelines for makerspaces at the elementary level and tips to create a safety culture.


Engineering Notebook

Math & TeacherGeek

Explore the UIndy Makerspace

Experience Maker Carts in Action

Learn how to coach students through the Engineering Design Process using the TeacherGeek Engineering notebooks.  Explore the hidden math within TeacherGeek projects and learn how to extract it to reinforce grade-level standards. Experience the tools, equipment, robots, and STEM kits within the UIndy Makerspace.  Build a TeacherGeek kit while discovering how to facilitate and document hands-on maker education. 

Mainstage Sessions: Hear from experts leading the makerspace movement and educators embracing the benefits of hands-on STEM learning.

Keynote Address: Falling in Love with Learning, Again

Education is experiencing a drain related to the love of learning and teaching. In fifth grade, student engagement averages 75%. By 12th grade, that number is just 34% according to Gallup. Is the passion for education really gone? Not at all, it just needs a little TLC. What can we do to create more joy for both students and teachers? Makerspaces bring creation through imagination and hands-on learning. Let’s fall in love with learning—all over again.

Panel Discussion: Creating a Culture of Making

Creating impactful STEM and Maker Ed learning experiences and environments requires both vision and meaningful action by educational leaders. In this panel discussion, administrators from across Indiana will share their STEM and Maker Education journeys and the lessons they have learned along the way.

Perks of Participating:

Looking to build more creative classrooms while enhancing children’s love of learning AND academic standards? You belong at MAKE! 

  • This is a free event! No registration fee required.
  • UPDATE: Team and individual registrations are SOLD OUT. Registration for this event is closed. Schools sending a team (4-5 people) receive a STEM Maker Cart 2.0 including 40 projects and 15,000 pieces worth more than $7,500! (Limit one per school.)
  • Each participant receives a $250 stipend to help support their school’s makerspace.

Before You Register: 

Ready to register? Here are a few things to know before you go. 

  • The conference is limited to K-8 teachers, instructional staff, and administrators working in Indiana schools. 
  • MAKE! is an in-person event with limited tickets available to support this hands-on experience. 
  • Please have names, contact information, grade level, and shirt sizes for all participants when registering. Incomplete registrations cannot be saved. 
  • Educators can attend individually or as a team.

Understanding Teams:  

  • UPDATE: Team and individual registrations are SOLD OUT. Registration for this event is closed.
  • School teams must include 4-5 members with at least 1 classroom teacher.
  • Teams are limited to 1 per school and no more than 2 per district. 
  • In the months following the event, school teams will be asked to complete a survey and supply a summary report of makerspace activities and/or cart implementation in their schools. Providing this information is a requirement of attending and will take between 1-3 hours to complete. 
  • Teams need a designated captain who will serve as a primary contact and help in coordinating the cart delivery, assembling the summary report, etc.

Other Important Info:

  • Vegetarian and gluten-free dietary options will be available.
  • This event offers Professional Growth Points. 

Contact Us: 

Have questions or need to update a registration? Contact the STEM Teach event team at


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