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Maker Culture Has a ‘Deeply Unsettling’ Gender Problem

“For us, the power of making is not that you had access to a 3D printer but that you have access to an inquiry process that allows for a deep dive into critical thinking.”


Sue Cusack, Associate Professor and Director of Lesley STEAM Learning Lab, reflects on gender and equity in maker culture. View the full article on EdSurge.

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Lesley STEAM welcomes Saudi Arabian Educators

Dr. Maha Al Sulaiman of Princess Nora University experiments in the makerspace.
Dr. Maha Al Sulaiman of Princess Nora University experiments in the makerspace.

Thirty-two Saudi Arabian college deans visited Lesley last week as part of a 10-day exploratory tour to learn about teacher preparation and development in the United States. The trip, organized by Harvard University, included a stopover at Lesley STEAM Learning Lab’s makerspace. View the full article on Lesley’s website here.


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Lesley STEAM joins in on 2018 Scratch Day @ MIT

Scratch Day at MIT participants engaged in circuit playground activity
Lesley STEAM’s Sue Cusack will join the Scratch Day @ MIT volunteer squad for an action-packed day of hands-on Scratch demonstrations, panels, tinkering, social meet-ups, and more. The Lifelong Kindergarten Group, organizers of the day, will host the 2018 Scratch Day @ MIT onsite event at their home in the MIT Media Lab.  Scratch Day is a worldwide network of events that encourages any organization or individual to host their own workshop or gathering in celebration of Scratch programming. Find a Scratch Day close to you – or create your own by clicking here!

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Early education group visits from Nanjing, China

A group works together to develop a solution to the “Three Little Pigs” Novel Engineering challenge.

Over twenty early educators and directors from Nanjing, China, joined us in the Lesley makerspace for a daylong workshop on making in early childhood. Hosted by Lesley Associate Professor and Director of the Early Childhood Education Program, Yvonne Yihsing Liu-Constant, the group engaged in hands-on making projects throughout the day.

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How to Assess Creative Learning Projects

Sue Cusack kicked off the February 8th, 2018 Unhangout for Educators session: “How to Assess Creative Learning Projects.”

Led by Yumiko Murai and Elizabeth Choe, members of the MIT Learning Initiative, the webinar included small group breakout sessions using a collaborative, inquiry-based tool called MetaRubric, developed by the MIT Teaching Systems Lab. Lesley STEAM also provided resources to support maker assessment. Past and future Unhangout for Educators sessions can be found here.

Watch Sue Cusack kick off the session: