Professional Development

EDUCATION + FABRICATION = INNOVATION

NEW! MakersFactory will teach you some new tricks for your classroom. 3D Printing? Minecraft? Computer Programming? We can train you on how to integrate these tools and programs (and more!) into your curriculum, making teaching more engaging, collaborative, and hands-on. Pick one subject or learn them all regardless of your technological savvy.

Some of the classes below may have prerequisites.

WORKSHOP TOPICS:
• 3D Modeling and Printing
• Laser Cutting
• Computer Programming
• Game Design
• Animation
• Game Based Learning

PLEASE NOTE: All Classes are BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop


3D Modeling + Printing

3D-printing has proven itself as a paradigm-shifting technology, and now you can use it in your classroom! Use Blender, a professional-level open-source 3D design application, to visualize and design parts for fabrication. Turn your ideas into reality and prototype your creations faster and more accurately than ever before!

Classroom Applications:
•  Visualize and print scans of fossils and artifacts
•  Learn the basics of 3D design and print the result
•  Embark on a inter-disciplinary product design project

Four sessions: Wed May 7th, Mon May 12th, Wed May 14th and Mon May 28th from 4-7pm Register Here

Three sessions: June 18 – 20, 9am-2pm Register Here

Three sessions: July 16-18, 9am-2pm Register Here

Three sessions (with an hour for lunch): July 30th-August 1st, 9am-2pm Register Here

Three sessions (with an hour for lunch): August 20th-22nd, 9am-2pm Register Here This class has been cancelled, it will be re-scheduled for mid-September.

PLEASE NOTE: All Classes are BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop

3D Animation w/Blender

In 2013, three of the top 10 highest-grossing films were 3D-animated productions. With 3D animation studios like Pixar and Dreamworks captivating audiences worldwide, 3D visualization and animation skills are increasingly useful and relevant.

Classroom Applications:
     •  Create a 3D animation and learn the basics of keyframing
•  Examine the mathematics of velocity, and acceleration with animations
•  Create an animation as a class using a professional workflow

PREREQUISITE: 3D Modeling & Printing

Two sessions:  June 2nd and 4th  4-7pm Register Here

Two sessions: July 2nd and 3rd  9a-12pm Register Here

Two sessions: July 21st and 22nd 9am-12pm Register Here

Two sessions (with an hour for lunch) Aug 11th and 12th 9am-12pm Register Here

Two sessions (with an hour for lunch) September 2nd and 3rd 9am-12pm Register Here

PLEASE NOTE: All Classes are BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop

Game Design

Games aren’t just for fun anymore. With humble beginnings on arcade machines and the Atari 2600, video games have expanded to become a cultural phenomenon and unique technique for education, storytelling, social change, and of course entertainment.

Classroom Applications:
•  Learn the basics of computer programming using Game Maker
•  Create a game to tell a story or demonstrate a concept
•  Design a game as a class or in small groups

This class runs for two sessions (with a break for lunch): June 23rd and 24th, 9am-3pm Register Here

Two sessions (with an hour for lunch) July 7th and 8th, 9am-3pm Register Here

Two sessions (with a break for lunch) August 4th and 5th 9am-3pm Register Here

Two sessions (with a break for lunch) August 25th and 26th 9am-3pm Register Here

PLEASE NOTE: All Classes are BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop

MinecraftEdu


Heard about Minecraft yet? With millions of players worldwide, Minecraft is becoming an unprecedented Internet-powered social phenomenon. MinecraftEdu is a special educational version of Minecraft designed for use in the classroom, which provides extra tools for teachers.

Classroom Applications:
•  Teach classroom topics using custom-designed Minecraft lessons
•  Collaborate and design a Minecraft construction together
•  Examine Economics and Social Studies hands-on via in-game exercises

Two sessions (with an hour for lunch): June 16th and 17th 9am-2pm Register Here

Two sessions (with an hour for lunch): July 14th and 15th 9am-2pm Register Here

Two sessions (with an hour for lunch): July 28th and 29th 9am-2pm Register Here

Two sessions (with an hour for lunch): Aug 18th and 19th 9am-2pm Register Here

PLEASE NOTE: All Classes are BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop

Programming

Program computers to perform tasks, solve problems, and entertain! These days computer programs are in control of just about everything, so learning how to code isn’t just a path to a quality career, but an invitation to design the world around you.

Classroom Applications:
•  Examine large data sets using statistical programs
•  Tell a story with a text-based game
•  Enhance your science and math projects with custom programs

Two sessions: June 30th and July 1st 9am-3pm Register Here

Two sessions: July 9th and 10th 9am-3pm Register Here

Two sesisons: August 13th and 14th 9am-3pm Register Here

Two sessions: September 4th and 5th 9am-3pm Register Here

PLEASE NOTE: All Classes are BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop

2D Design / Laser Cutting

Laser-cutting unlocks brand-new creative pathways and allows for the quick and easy fabrication of just about anything you can imagine. At MakersFactory, we’ve used our laser-cutter to build boxes, shelves, display cases, gears, and even sculptures. Unlock this potential in your classroom using 2D vector design software!

Classroom Applications:
•  Sketch, trace, and design cut-outs and engravings
•  Combine with an electronics project to build custom enclosures
•  Learn mechanical principles of design

Three sessions: Mon April 28th, Wed April 30th and May 5th from 4pm-7pm Register Here

Two sessions: June 25th and 26th 9am-2pm  Register Here

Two sessions: July 23rd and 24 9am-2pm Register Here

Two sessions (with and hour for lunch): August 6th and 7th 9am-2pm Register Here

Two sessions (with an hour for lunch): August 27th and 28th 9am-2pm Register Here

PLEASE NOTE: All Classes are BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop

Roster Policy

If a Teacher Training course has 1 or 2 sign-ups, the course time is reduced to 50% of the original, scheduled time.  With 3 or 4 sign-ups, it’s 75%.  With 5 or more, the course is held as normal.  This is to avoid cancelling any partially full classes, since such a cancellation has the potential to really mess up a teacher’s plans.

Teachers can reschedule for another class if they wish, but we will invoice on a PO for any no shows.