Maker Education + Games? Convening with Dept. of Education on January 10th

We are thrilled to join this special convening on the intersection of Maker Spaces and Game-based Learning, organized by the US Department of Education. Sign up to join us from 2-5pm in Alexandria, VA on Jan. 10, 2020 — see registration and details.

Our own Prof. Benjamin Stokes will give a talk on embedding games in neighborhood spaces and urban furniture. (This is based on his Playful Cities Lab that includes several of our game design students.)

The larger Ed Games Expo is now in its 7th year, and has events all week long.

The agenda includes:

Government Program Offices That Supported the R&D of the Maker Technologies at the Showcase:

• US Department of Education, SBIR

• US Department of Education, OCTAE

• National Science Foundation, SBIR Program

• The Smithsonian Institution

• Institute of Museum and Library Services


1:30 to 2:00

• Networking

2:00 to 3:00

• Opening Remarks:

o Allen Brooks, Building Momentum

o Albert Palacios, US Department of Education

o Paula Gangopadhyay, Institute of Museum of Library Services

• A Short State of the Field in Making for K12 and CTE

o Dorothy Jones-Davis, Nation of Makers

• A set of “Big Idea” talks on models to support the emergence and sustainability of maker spaces and making in schools, CTE settings, and in communities, followed by Q&A with attendees

o Andrew Coy, Digital Harbor

o Cara Lesser, Kid Museum

o Ben Stokes, American University

o Ilana Preuss, Recast City

o DJ Moreau, Games for Change

o Closing Remarks by Alan Gershenfeld of eLine Media & Paul Reynolds of FableVision/Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity


• Key Note Address:

o Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary, OCTAE, US Department of Education

3:30 to 5:00

• Demoes of Maker technologies to attendees, Networking, and Happy Hour

For a list of demos, see the event registration link at top.