Spring Maker Series

Build your MAKER SKILLS with us as we do projects together that you can take back to your classroom!

Location: Rutgers Busch Campus- SERC Building.
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Dates and Descriptions: https://cmsce.rutgers.edu/workshop/spring-maker-series

  • Basic Electronics for grades K-12:  Friday, May 6
    Whether you teach kindergarten or high school, electronics is a basic skill for students in a makerspace.  Understanding electronics is necessary if students are interested in robotics or want to design with micro-controllers like Arduino or Raspberry Pi.  Learn basic electronic for yourself and also how to teach it to your students. This session will offer two tracks: one with learning electronics though breadboarding (6-12) and another with Little Bits (K-8).
  • Scratch Day for grades K-8:  Wednesday, May 11 
    Coding is as a critical skill for all makers, so if you have been wanting to get started with coding or want to gain some advanced capabilities such as virtual-physical interactions join us for this special session on how to code with Scratch Jr. (K-2) and Scratch (3-8).  Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games.  This session will break into two tracks: basics and advanced.
  • Sewn Circuits for grades 4-12:  Friday, May 20
    Sewn circuits (or e-textiles) uses conductive thread, batteries, LEDs, and mini micro-controllers to make textiles light-up and blink.  This session will go from basics to advanced including: series and parallel circuits, switches, and micro-controllers.  Join us to build your sewn circuit skills on a project or two such as: decorative pillow, clothing, belt, hair band, felt jewelry, etc). 
  • Introduction to Arduino for grades 6-12:  Thursday, May 26
    Arduino is used for building electronics projects. It has a physical programmable circuit board or micro-controller.  Join us as we work through some fun Arduino projects where you will learn the anatomy of the Arduino and how to write and upload computer code.  The application projects will be for middle school or high school level students.
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) for grades K-12:  Thursday, June 2
    Do you have a 3D printer and not sure what to do with it?  Join us to learn how you can use CAD to make your own designs to be 3D printed (like missing game pieces, part of a machine that are broken, or jewelry to name a few)!  CAD is yet another critical maker skill, helping to build students 3D thinking capabilities.  This session will offer two tracks: the K-6 track will use Tinkercad (a simple online 3D design and 3d printing tool), the 6-12 track will use Onshape (a professional online 3D CAD tool where students can collaborate on a design simultaneously using any web browser).
  • Robotics Day for grades K-12:  Thursday, June 9
    Robotics has become so popular that there are a ton of robotics programs and kits out there today.  How do you know what is best for your students? What is the best way to teach students about robotics?  This session will focus on the the critical elements of robotics with projects appropriate for all grade levels.
Cost (payment is requested prior to event): $50 per session

Payment (check or PO) can be sent to:

Rutgers University Center for Mathematics, Science and Computer Education
118 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

If you have any payment questions, please contact Debbie Sclafani: debsclaf@rci.rutgers.edu or 848-445-4851

If you have any other questions, please contact Dawna Schultz @ 908-892-0609 or dawna.schultz@gmail.com.