How can we get the maximum benefit from the blended learning space?

Hi all, we have been busy busy trying and testing out different approaches to delivering hands-on STEAM Education workshops and courses online, as well as listening to and learning from teachers and parents who have been working so hard over the past months to deliver engaging education content in constrained circumstances.

The question for us at the moment is how can we get the maximum benefit from a blended learning approach to hands-on, creative, curriculum-linked education?

We hope you will be as excited as we are to see some of the results of our endeavours, including our upcoming STEAM School pilot programme which we would love you to participate in.

For more details on our approach to blended learning, including samples of our videos guides and educators resources click here.

Recent Projects & Partnerships

Cruinniú na nÓg: MyPlace
A 4-week online project delivered by Make Create Innovate in partnership with Fingal Libraries and Creative Ireland. An invitation to young people (and their families) to participate in the exploration of building, making and interactivity as part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2020. Through weekly online resources and guidance, participants had the opportunity to show the world a place that they love, and/or redesign a place in the way that they would like for the future. Participants re-imagined themselves as architects, cyclists, city planners, artists, and gardeners – citizens of Ireland with a story to tell about their place as they see it now, or as they would like it to be.As part of the project we developed a primary and post primary educators resource which we are hoping to be able to release in full soon! For now, our samples should give you an idea of the depth we achieved with the MyPlace project.

Summer STEAM Camps
We learned a lot from our summer STEAM Camps this year. Participants became designers and makers, working with motors, LEDs, circuitry and found materials around the home. Learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths through hands-on, engaging activities which include designing and building Scribble Bots and making LED lightboxes! Tech kits were sent out to each household giving everyone the chance to get making!

ilabs : Online STEAM Workshops
We were thrilled to partner with iLabs to deliver STEAM workshops for young people and educators wanting to get creative with motors, LEDs and circuitry and begin a conversation about how to integrate STEAM workshops in a classroom setting.
Newtown Innovation Labs (iLabs) is a not-for-profit, community learning space located on campus in Newtown Secondary School in Waterford.

Upcoming Projects & Partnerships

CALL OUT! STEAM School Programme 
STEAM School is a free 8-week blended learning programme of engaging hands-on curriculum-linked maker activities for primary school-aged young people and their teachers, delivered in partnership with Fingal Libraries and Creative Ireland. This pilot programme runs from October – December 2020 with plans to develop with additional schools in early 2021. Closing date to register interest is September 22nd.
STEAM School

Makers In Schools: School Excellence Fund
Our Makers In Schools project is a collaboration with educate together secondary schools in Dublin and Cork. We are at the beginning of our third and final year and have learned so much. We provided training and support, giving teachers and students greater confidence in working with creative technology in setting up their own school makerspace. So far we are delighted with the response from both students and staff. 

Dublin Maker Podcast
Hear about Make Create Innovate’s founder, Kate, speak with Maker Advocate, Vicky Twomey Lee on the Dublin Maker Podcast. On the programme Kate tells us about her approach to hands-on learning when designing engaging workshops and courses, as well as her new obsession with 3D Printing! 

National Museum of Ireland: Schools and Family Workshops
We are delighted to be able to continue working with the National Museum of Ireland on their schools 2020 programme. Their exhibition, Kitchen Power: Women’s Experiences of Rural Electrification has been extended into the autumn. As part of our 2019 – 2020 education programme we designed workshops around the themes of; Power, Green Design, and Gender in the Kitchen. We are really looking forward to continuing our work via blended online learning over the coming months.

About Us
At Make Create Innovate, we offer workshops and courses that give learners an opportunity to make, build, create and explore. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to connect science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths. We work with young people and adults of all ages, at every educational level. If you would like to book an in-person or online workshop with us feel free to get in touch.

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