Dr. Mary Wegner
Superintendent for the Sitka School District in Sitka, Alaska
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.
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 began
with the 2017-18 school year. Here's to creating and learning!
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