What is a Maker Space (and why would I want one in my museum)?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Registration Deadline: September 22, 2015
Presented by the Children’s Museums PAG

Explore the Maker Movement and Maker Spaces. We'll start with the basics – from "what is a Maker Space anyway?" and "how Making aligns with STEAM learning" to examples of Maker-related experiences and how to connect with Makers in my community. Hear from different museums that have incorporated Making into their everyday practice, including the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and Peabody Essex Museum. Learn exciting and practical ways to incorporate Maker activities into your museum.

Registration Fees:  $65 NEMA Members; $95 Non-member; $50 Student



9:30 am   Registration and Coffee

10:00 am  Welcome and Introductions

10:15 am  Maker Spaces in non-Museum settings

  • Darcy Coffta – Upper School Librarian; Director of Innovation at Berwick Academy, South Berwick, ME
  • Wayne Moulton - STEM Program Coordinator New Heights, Portsmouth, NH

11:00 am  Mega Making at Stepping Stones Museum for Children

  • Kimberly Kuta Dring, MS - Director of Learning and Experience, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk, CT
  • Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, Director of Exhibit Design and Delivery, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk, CT

11:45 am – 12:30 pm  Lunch

12:45 pm  Full STEAM ahead at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire!

  • Jane Bard – President, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Dover, NH

1:30 pm  Maker Spaces in Art Museums -Explore PEM Maker Lounge  

  • Gavin Andrews - Assistant Director for Family, Student and Teacher Programs, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

2:45 pm  Wrap Up and Evaluations


Workshop attendees are welcome to visit Strandbeests ("beach animals"), the first major American exhibition of Theo Jansen's famed kinetic sculptures at Peabody Essex Museum. Dynamic and interdisciplinary, Jansen's Strandbeests ("beach animals") blur the lines between art and science, sculpture and performance. The exhibition celebrates the thrill of the Strandbeests' unique locomotion as well as the processes that have driven their evolutionary development on the Dutch seacoast. The kinetic sculptures are accompanied by artist sketches, facilitated demonstrations of the creatures' complex ambulatory systems, a hall of "fossils" as well as photography by Lena Herzog.

NEMA Reception
Join your colleagues following the workshop for a chance to mingle and enjoy light refreshments. This event is free and open to all area museum professionals.
5-7  pm
Victoria Station
86 Wharf Street
Salem, MA
RSVP to just the networking event here.