Develop Professionally with Maker Ed.

Mapping Making: Charting a Path for Your Maker Educator Practice

Fall 2016 online courseedu training

Maker Ed.’s Mapping Making: Charting a Path for your Maker Educator Practice is made up of five-session online modules that introduce you to important aspects of making and maker education. Each module takes you through a cycle of making, reflecting, sharing, and implementing with the goal of mapping out key elements of your maker practice:

  • Community
  • Space / Curriculum
  • Tools & Materials

As you take these elements into account, engage in the modules, and reflect on your experience, as well as the experiences of your peers, we will map out these three elements, and their potential intersections, related to your maker practice. By the end of the course, you with have a detailed “next-steps” plan based on your specific goals, needs, and educational environment. The “next-steps” plan is your final course assignment and is due Dec. 4th.

Maker Educator Position Announcement

Apply to be a Maker Educator at the Newark Museum

Position Title:                                Part Time MakerSPACE Educator
Department:                                   Education
Reporting Relationship:              Reports to MakerSPACE Manager
Opening Date:                                September 30, 2016
Closing Date:                                  October 14, 2016

Position Objective:
Under the supervision of the MakerSPACE Manager, the MakerSPACE Educator will be responsible for delivering youth, family, and adult ‘maker’ programs connected to the Museum’s collections.  The MakerSPACE Educator will also assist in developing innovative and experimental uses of the MakerSPACE in connection to the whole Museum.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Museum’s education department in designing and planning creative hands-on ‘maker’ lessons and programs for children, families, and adults.
  • Welcome and engage visitors to the MakerSPACE including facilitating drop-in activities and hands-on interactives.
  • Lead formal and informal program and activities in the Museum’s MakerSPACE, including drop-in activities, community events, workshops, and school programs.
  • Conduct research on the museum’s collections, exhibitions and MakerSPACE applications.
  • Document projects using photography, video and writing.
  • Work with the Director of Interpretation and Evaluation to evaluate and assess maker activities using provided observational rubrics and structured formal and informal interviews.
  • Facilitate the operation of tools and maintain a safe environment for visitors.
  • Maintain tools in proper working and safe condition including Mill, lathe, CNC Router, Laser cutter, 3D printers and more.
  • Keep up-to-date inventory or supplies and materials and maintain organization of inventory.


  • Working toward or holding a Bachelor’s Degree in education, art, technology or related field.
  • Knowledge of art, science, technology, and computer science.
  • One or more years’ experience working with children in an educational setting, i.e., school teacher, enrichment program, after-school programs, and summer camp.
  • Familiarity with project-based learning and child development.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Familiarity with specialized MakerSPACE equipment, like 3D printers, computer programming and Arduino microcontrollers.

Send letter of application and resume to:

Human Resources

Newark Museum

49 Washington Street

Newark, NJ 07102

Maker Depot’s 1st Annual MAKERFEST

Maker Depot

First Annual Makerfest

Sunday, August 28, 2016 | 11 am to 5 pm


We’re looking for everyone Maker, DIY, and STEM related to show off their wares and talents at this rain or shine, outdoor event including: DIY, woodworking, robotics, 3D print, laser cutting, crafting, fabrication and more.  We have space for up to 84, generous 10+’ booths. Your first booth is free, and includes tickets for four. Email us with questions on purchasing additional booth space.

Sponsorship opportunities for banners and advertising are also available.

Download your exhibitor application today.  Booths are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Tickets available soon through Eventbrite! Advance ticket discounts available through August 27.

Click here to purchase tickets today.

Live demonstrations throughout the day!

Partial exhibitor list:

Habitat for HumanityJackie Stier Copper Creations ♦ GirlznDollz ♦ Rusty Old Man Art ♦ Tesla Science Center  ♦ Tech101KidsArtist So Yoon LymIvy Lane Garden Art  ♦ Twisted Creativity ♦ RoByn Thompson Art  ♦ felt.
JP Leathercraft  ♦ Bloxels  ♦  Printed Solid  ♦ Crooked Teeth Keys ♦ JDroids

Manufactures Day coming in October


MFG DAY addresses common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

New Jersey Educators create Hands-On Coding


In January of 2016, President Obama announced his bold “Computer Science for All” initiative.  This plan calls for all students across the country to learn computer science. Myself, Marcos Navas and Joann Presby recently launched an Indiegogo Campaign that supports this initiative.  Our campaign is two-fold; to provide Hands-On Coding Block manipulatives along with a Book Series that bridges the gap between Computer Science and Literacy. The goal of our Coding Blocks is to help Computer Science become pervasive in the lives of all children.  

How are you celebrating the National Week of Making?

Presidential Proclamation — National Week of Making, 2016


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The same American spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that has steered our Nation through the industrial and digital revolutions — and led our people to explore the depths of the oceans and the distant planets in our solar system — has enabled us to reimagine our world through new ideas and discoveries. Since our earliest days, makers, artists, and inventors have driven our economy and transformed how we live by taking risks, collaborating, and drawing on their talents and imaginations to make our Nation more dynamic and interconnected. During National Week of Making, we recommit to sparking the creative confidence of all Americans and to giving them the skills, mentors, and resources they need to harness their passion and tackle some of our planet’s greatest challenges.

Today, Americans of all ages have the ability to connect and showcase their creativity through a growing maker movement. Technologies like 3D printing and desktop machine tools are rapidly lowering the costs of production; additional sources of capital such as crowdfunding are reducing barriers to getting started; and the democratization of technology is empowering more makers, helping to boost entrepreneurship and stimulate American manufacturing. Over the last 6 years, we have added over 800,000 manufacturing jobs and introduced next-generation manufacturing hubs. Just as the personal computer and the Internet transformed our Nation over the last several decades, these new opportunities can inspire the next generation of students, innovators, and entrepreneurs to carry forward our legacy of ingenuity.

In 2014, I launched the Nation of Makers initiative to ensure more Americans of all ages and backgrounds have greater opportunities to design, build, and manufacture. My Administration is taking steps to foster “maker mindsets” by promoting skills like creative problem-solving, and to support the development of collaborative maker spaces so aspiring makers and manufacturers can turn their bold ideas into realities. I am proud that so many people across our country have already joined in this effort. Mayors have hosted maker roundtables and town halls; Federal agencies have worked with schools, libraries, recreation centers, and museums to create maker spaces, curricula, and tools to help students learn the design process; and private businesses and other local collaborators have empowered individuals with the entrepreneurial resources and skills they need to launch companies and sell their products.

Together we must continue to expand opportunity for generations to come by working to eliminate the digital divide and reduce existing skill and confidence gaps. We must prepare young people for the jobs of the future by equipping them with the analytical skills needed to solve problems and the computer science and hardware development skills required to power our innovation economy. It is critical that we support the types of hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning experiences — in both formal and informal environments — that students encounter through making, which can help unlock their full potential and ignite their enthusiasm for the careers of tomorrow. That is why we are prioritizing investment in STEM teaching and active learning, expanding access to rigorous STEM courses like computer science, encouraging more opportunities in communities of greatest need, and working to get underrepresented students, including women and minorities, involved to increase diversity in STEM fields.

Across our country, Americans are attending all types of maker events and workshops — from studios in small towns to the streets of our Nation’s capital — to share their incredible inventions and ideas with others and to inspire all of us to join in the creative process. As we celebrate the power of American ingenuity, I invite communities to build on this progress by encouraging citizens to be creators and by working together to ensure that spaces for making are available anywhere Americans live, work, play, and learn. This week, let us turn today’s sketches and dreams into tomorrow’s “Made in America” labels, and let us embrace the audacious spirit of human curiosity that is embedded in our DNA.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 17 through June 23, 2016, as National Week of Making. I call upon all Americans to observe this week with programs, ceremonies, celebrations, and activities that encourage a new generation of makers and manufacturers to share their talents, solutions, and skills.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.


Maker Meet Up: June 30th @ 6:30 pm – 9pm

Newark Makers Meetup:
“Munchies at the Museum”
Thursday, June 30th 6:30 PM at the NJIT Campus Eberhadt Hall, 323 Dr. MLK Blvd

Newark Makers 06.30.16 Meetup MeetupHello Newark Makers,
Our next Meetup is all about food and starting a food business.
Maybe you want to bottle that awesome hot sauce, or produce and package your favorite cookies, or even start a restaurant. Our guest speaker, Lou Cooperhouse is just the right person to meet and seek valuable guidance. Lou runs the Rutgers University’s Food Innovation Center, a unique business incubation and economic development accelerator program specifically designed to get a food business off the ground. Lou’s team can help with formulation, packaging, pricing strategies and other challenges you will encounter as you commercialize your product. You can learn more about Lou’s program at the link below, but better yet, come meet him in person:

We are also going to have displays from Newark’s own Food Entrepreneurs. Come meet your local Wine Makers, Sausage Makers, Nuts Distributors, Ice Cream Makers and world-class baked goods such as the classic Joeys Black and White cookie. These are all companies located right here in Newark and are thriving in the food industry. As a special treat, we invited the Taqueria Autentica food tuck to the Museum grounds to serve us awesome refreshments directly from their truck. All food will be free of charge for the first 30 members who sign up.


makerhoodsFinally, will be describing the new development of affordable live/work community coming to Newark. Find out how to qualify for this unique development which dedicates a portion of its space to local entrepreneurs who need affordable shop space or a store front.

Be a part of the Nation of Makers

Nation of Makers


National Maker Faire, June 18-19th!

National Maker Faire

Help support Maker Education through Maker Corps

What does a Maker Corps Member do?
Maker Corps Members are maker-in-residences at participating organizations. Our Maker Corps 2016 partner sites represent an inclusive spectrum of youth-serving organizations and programs with many museums, libraries, schools and school districts, science centers, after-school and community-based programs– and because Maker Ed recognizes and encourages a wide variety of making– every partner site is unique in their program offerings and audience. Read about our past Maker Corps partners here.

Who can apply?
Maker Corps Members come from a large variety of backgrounds and levels of experience. Ideal Maker Corps Members possess:

  • Interest in creativity, DIY art and science projects, and making things.
  • Passion for educating.
  • Ability to engage effectively with children, adults, and organization staff.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Awareness and sensitivity in interacting with diverse populations.

Curious about past Maker Corps Members? We have a profile series featuring past Maker Corps Members: Meet a Maker.


  • 50% of a Maker Corps Member’s time must be dedicated to direct service– engaging children and families in creative making opportunities, while gaining experience serving as a community leader. Maker Corps Members will also spend a portion of their time as makers-in-residence, focused on developing ideas and programs for their partner site.
  • Maker Corps Members are required to participate in the Maker Corps online community by contributing stories, photos, reflections, etc.
  • Applicants must live, or be willing to relocate to, a community hosting a Maker Corps program. Note that the Maker Ed will not cover any additional moving and/or housing expenses. However, some partner sites may provide assistance. Please inquire specifically about these needs in your application.

Submit your application today! Questions? Contact