Maker Ed is a national non-profit organization that provides educators and institutions with the training, resources, and community of support they need to create engaging, inclusive, and motivating learning experiences through maker education. We envision every young person having equitable access to educational activities that collectively develop their skills, knowledge, and ways of thinking, and which recognize and value their lived experiences. Through maker education, a hands-on, learner-driven, and open-ended approach, youth develop new perspectives, confidence in their own abilities, and a passion for learning. Through our programs, trainings, and events, Maker Ed plays a national leadership role in both broadening access to and deepening the impact of maker education for youth and educators alike.
Maker Ed runs a number of programs (Maker VISTA, Maker Corps, and Making Spaces) in which we engage with institutions to provide training, resources, and a community of support for educators at our partner sites. When working alongside partner organizations, we act as a sounding board, a resource provider, a deep well of obscure but useful tips, a connector, and ultimately, a cheerleader. These roles allow Maker Ed to be a champion of your effort and our collective vision overall.
Ask a Maker Educator is an online video series, created by Maker Ed to support educators and help them further their ideas as they grow in their professional development journeys. This informal 30-minute livestream (each Wednesday at 4pm PST) pairs a Maker Ed staff member with an educator from the community to answer questions and chat about common challenges and goals in maker education.
Maker Ed’s Professional Development opportunities are oriented for individuals, teams of educators, and administrators from formal or informal educational settings. These are perfect opportunities to grow and develop your maker education practices, connect with others, and be inspired!
Our Resource Library provides a set of curated, open resources for those new to making or interested in learning more about what making is and its potential impact in education. Search specific categories, including: Making the Case, Spaces & Places, Program Planning & Management, and Tools & Materials.