Dr. Mary Wegner

Superintendent for the Sitka School District in Sitka, Alaska

 

  • Alaska Society for Technology in Education [ASTE]: Past-President
  • Alaska State Council on the Arts [ASCA]: Council Member
  • International Society for Technology in Education [ISTE]: Public Policy and Advocacy Committee
  • League of Innovative Schools: Coalition Member
  • White House Summit on Technology in Education: Selected Honoree

Current Special Project: Full STEAM Ahead Mobile Makerspace

 

Full STEAM Ahead

Bringing Life to Learning

 

Exploration is the foundation of learning. Our Full STEAM Ahead mobile makerspace is designed to inspire creativity and build problem-solving skills in individuals of all ages. Focused on the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), our mobile learning space brings life to learning.

 

Focus Areas:

  • Coding/Electronics
  • Using recycled and found objects

 

Current Progress:

The design team of Maureen, Paul, and student Caleb along with

Dr. Jason Ohler as our research consultant and myself took a school

year to research makerspaces and consider options for a mobile

resource that could be moved between schools. We settled on a

cart that would be housed at each school for a month or so at a time.

We also hired Shoshi, a Sitka Winter Fellow, to person the cart and

assist teachers and students during planning and implementation.

 

The mobile makerspace cart was available as an option for teachers

throughout the 2016-17 school year. It was is designed to allow

all teachers and students throughout the district to experience the

power of learning that comes through making!

 

The mobile makerspace cart was a huge success, and a need was

identified to have a smaller cart available at each school, which will

happen beginning with the 2017-18 school year. A Sitka Winter Fellow,

Mohammad, has been hired to person the cart and assist teachers

and students as needed.

 

Research Report - Phase One by Dr. Jason Ohler [PDF]

Mobile Makerspace Cart Inventory [PDF]

 

Digital Promise video about our mobile makerspace cart

Sitka School District website about our mobile makerspace cart