Educator Workshops

At the Digital Harbor Foundation we offer a variety of hands-on, intensive educator workshops in topics such as the foundations of making, 3D printing, programming, and electronics. Our making and technology workshop experiences are designed for all types of educators, formal or informal, including teachers, after-school instructors, science center staff, librarians, and any other educators interested in helping students to “learn by making.”

Each one of our educator workshops is designed to teach the basics so that you can return to your own learning spaces and confidently run projects and workshops. As a participant, you’ll receive a kit of physical supplies that you’ll learn how to use during the course. After the workshop, you can take home the kit for use in your own makerspace or classroom. In addition, as a participant, you’ll have post-workshop access to an extensive collection of online materials that support and extend what you have learned.


 making for educators attendees making stomp rockets during one of DHF's educator workshops

Making for Educators

In this two-day educator workshop, you’ll get hands-on experience with basic makerspace tools and projects. After the workshop, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to start your own makerspace or integrate making into your existing curriculum.

In addition, you’ll receive a kit of key makerspace supplies that you can use to jumpstart your program as soon as you return home.

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educator working with a 3d printer during one of DHF's educator workshops

3D Printing for Educators

Want to get started with 3D printing but aren’t sure where to begin? Take this multi-day intensive workshop and you’ll learn everything you need to know to comfortably control a 3D printer and incorporate 3D printing into your own curriculum.

In this educator workshop you’ll receive a 3D printer and then get hands-on experience with your own 3D printer! You’ll also get post-workshop support through our 3D Printshop program.

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Makey Makey for Educators

Have you heard of the Makey Makey and want to start using them with your youth?

Makey Makey is a microcontroller that can turn anything with conductive properties into a keyboard. To start, the Makey Makey is plugged into a computer via USB port and the computer sees it as a keyboard. You then connect conductive objects, like foil or fruit, to the Makey Makey by using alligator clips.

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Beginner Game Development for Educators

Game Development is a rapidly developing field that exists in the intersection of storytelling and computer programming, where designers shape and construct new gaming experiences. Game Development offers an opportunity to use creative thinking and practice problem solving, iteration, and the design process.

Our Beginner Game Development for Educators workshop introduces Scratch as a platform for beginner game development. You’ll learn the basics of programming in Scratch, how to create basic game mechanics, and how to teach these skills to youth.

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Family Make Night Facilitator Workshop

Family Make Night is a DHF signature program that is family-focused with an emphasis on students and their families working side-by-side on fun and engaging hands-on projects. Family Make Nights are a great way to engage and build relationships with families in your community.

In this one-day workshop you’ll learn how to plan, organize, and facilitate their own Family Make Nights. The workshop includes hands-on instruction for five (5) projects to get you started as well as step-by-step instruction guides for these projects.

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