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Friday, November 6 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
STEAMpunks: How Makerspaces Bring Science to Life

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The greatest handicap that education in science, mathematics, and engineering faces today isn’t the difficulty of the subjects or even the unequal access to appropriate learning resources: it is lack of engagement. Too many students see science and math as irrelevant to their daily experience, and can only relate to them as passive consumers of technology.

The revolutionary rise of Makerspaces in libraries promises to change that. 3D printers, programmable lathes, and modular electronics make it easy even for the inexperienced to turn creative inspirations into useful, beautiful inventions they can share with others. For educators, the Makerspaces offer unique hands-on opportunities to show how knowledge of science and math can enrich students’ lives and to break down unnecessary barriers that isolate artistic imaginations from technical interests and skills (and vice versa).

John Rennie, editorial director of McGraw-Hill Education’s AccessScience, will lead this panel of Makerspace innovators and leading librarians as they discuss how best to encourage curiosity-driven STEAM learning for lifelong benefits.

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John Burke

Library Director & Principal Librarian, Miami University Middletown
John J. Burke is the author of the Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion (ALA, 2016) and Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). His scholarship centers on makerspaces, LMS embedded librarianship, and technology for library staff. John is the Director of the Gardner-Harvey Library on the Middletown regional campus of Miami University (Ohio). John is a past president of the Academic Library Association of... Read More →
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Sharona Ginsberg

Learning Technologies Librarian, SUNY Oswego
Sharona Ginsberg is the founder and coordinator of MakerBridge, an online community for all makers but especially focused on librarians and educators. Currently, she is employed as Learning Technologies Librarian at SUNY Oswego. She is a 2015 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has a master’s degree in library science from the University of Michigan School of Information.
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John Rennie

Editorial Director, AccessScience, McGraw-Hill Education
John Rennie is a science writer, editor, and lecturer based in New York. Viewers of The Weather Channel know him as the host of the original series Hacking The Planet and co-host of the hit special The Truth About Twisters. He is also the editorial director of science for McGraw-Hill Education, overseeing its highly respected AccessScience online reference and theMcGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology.

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