Building Capacity and Confidence
Digital Harbor Foundation launched the Center of Excellence for Innovation in Technology Education in 2014 to build the capacity and confidence of educators across the country. We sought to scale our impact on equalizing maker, technology, and computer science education access to youth. We’re passionate about coaching educators on how to incorporate technology and making into their own learning environments.
To realize our goals of building capacity we offer a variety of hands-on educator technology and maker workshops. Our core topics include the foundations of making, 3D printing, programming, and electronics. We designed our workshops for all types of educators. We’ve had attendees from both formal or informal learning environments, such as classroom teachers, after-school instructors, science center staff, and librarians. We welcome any educators interested in helping students to learn by making.
Educator Technology and Maker Workshops
Each one of our educator workshops teaches the basics so that you can return to your own learning spaces and confidently facilitate projects and lessons. As a workshop participant, you’ll receive a kit of physical supplies that you’ll learn how to use during the course. After the workshop, you take home the kit for use in your own makerspace or classroom. In addition, you’ll have post-workshop access to an online community and a collection of online materials that support and extend what you have learned.
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.
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 use it throughout the training. This hands-on experience builds confidence and capacity as you’ll work with the printer that you’ll take to your learning space. You’ll also get post-workshop support through our 3D Print Shop program.
Have you seen the videos of banana pianos and invention kits and want to start making with your youth?
Makey Makey is a microcontroller that can turn anything with conductive properties into a keyboard. In this hands-on, one day workshop, you’ll learn how to use the Makey Makey to teach basic circuitry and make beginner and advanced level projects using recyclable or easily accessible supplies. Attendees will receive a certificate from Makey Makey as a trained educator.
Have you heard of the Raspberry Pi and want to start using them with your youth?
Learn how to program and teach basic computer science with this incredibly powerful single board computer. This workshop content is informed by our experiences as Raspberry Pi Certified Educators who have developed and facilitated Raspberry Pi youth courses. This workshop includes content and instruction on how to integrate and manage a Raspberry Pi classroom set. The youth-facing content presented in the workshop aligns with units in the Code.org Computer Science Discoveries course.
Game development is a rapidly developing field that exists in the intersection of storytelling and computer programming. Designers shape and construct new gaming experiences. This field offers a unique opportunity to use creative thinking and practice problem solving, iteration, and the design process.
Our Game Workshop 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.
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. These fun, hands-on experiences are a great way to engage and build relationships with families in your community.
In this one-day maker 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.