Inclusive Makerspace Conference | May 23 (pre-conference), 24 & 25, 2023

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About

21st century learning means moving beyond the traditional constraints and confinements of a one-sized, teacher-directed curriculum towards developing a creative, divergent, and rigorous learning environment that is personalized and differentiated. The aim of a critical makerspace is to engage learners through authentic critical challenges and provocations. Through the act of making and tinkering, people are able to engage in real-world applications relevant to their own lives in a space that builds innovation, critical thinking, multi-literacies, communication, and collaboration skills.

The focus of this conference is the unequivocal implementation of equity, diversity, inclusion, decolonization, anti-racism (EDIDA) frameworks for the design of highly critical, responsive, and inclusive makerspaces that start with a culture that promotes equity and reduces disparities.

Makerspace

The maker movement, including the creation of physical or digital items utilizing no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech tools, is a recent phenomenon in education and corporations. Many educators and industry leaders do not know how to effectively infuse, implement, identify, and design curriculum content and/or innovate ideas and execute deliverables through Makerspace structures, particularly while ensuring the space and content are culturally relevant, responsive, and inclusive.

A Makerspace is a physical or digital space that allows individuals to tinker and make decisions to solve critical problems, ideate innovative solutions, and develop new ways of learning, knowing, and doing. Following the Inclusive Makerspace Conference, the MET team will be launching a brand new Makerspace at the UBC campus.

Schedule

Pre-Conference Celebration

Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Time: 3–6PM (PT)
Location: UBC Ponderosa Commons Ballroom, 6445 University Blvd. See map.

Main Conference

Date: Wednesday, May 24 + Thursday, May 25, 2023
Time: 9AM–4PM (PT)*
Location: UBC Faculty of Education, Neville Scarfe Building, 2125 Main Mall. See map.

*All-day event, exact times TBD.

Keynote Speakers

 

Dr. Hannah Kye

Hannah Kye

“People and Pedagogies in Inclusive Maker Education”

Hannah Kye, EdD, is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education at Rowan University. Informed by her background as an elementary science and maker teacher, her work explores culturally responsive and family-engaged maker education. In national and international forums, she presents and publishes on STEM education for young children and their teachers with a focus on access and diversity.

Maggie Melo

Dr. Maggie Melo

“Space Invaders: First-time Users Feel Like Trespassers in the Makerspace”

Maggie Melo, Phd, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research specialization resides at the intersection of critical making and the development of equitable and inclusive makerspaces. Her research is funded by an NSF CAREER Award entitled, “Equity in the Making: Investigating Spatial Arrangements of Makerspaces and Their Impact on Diverse User Populations.” Maggie is the Director for the Equity in the Making Lab, and the co-editor and author of the book, Remaking the Library Makerspace: Critical Theories, Applications, and Practices (2020).

Pre-Conference | May 23

FREE


Day 1 | May 24

$115 CAD


Day 2 | May 25

$115 CAD


Full 2 days | May 24 + 25

$200 CAD

Virtual Conference | May 24 + 25

$100 CAD

 

Registration

Register Now!

Registration deadline: April 28, 2023.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests must be received by email to info.met@ubc.ca prior to April 21, 2023. A full refund will be issued, minus a $20 CAD processing fee.

Call for Proposals

If you’re a maker, expert, academic, student, or an industrial actor in education at any level and in any setting (e.g. Faculty, Staff, Students, Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers, Librarians, Instructional Designers, Community Workers), we invite you to submit a proposal!


Presentation Formats

  • Creation Lab or Interactive Making Session
  • Panel
  • Poster
  • Individual Paper
  • Roundtable

Topic Suggestions

  • Designing and implementing Inclusive Makerspaces
  • Educational Research to Understand the Values of Making
  • Supporting and Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • User Engagement, Curriculum Development, and Programming
  • Emerging Hardware and Software Tools for Makers
  • Game-based learning and Making
  • Accessibility

Fees

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the fee in order to attend.


Funding Opportunities

If you are a graduate student, you may be eligible for the Graduate Student Travel and Research Dissemination Fund that provides funding support of up to $500.

You may also be eligible for funding from the Faculty of Education. Please visit the Faculty’s Graduate Funding Opportunities page for more information.


Details

For more detailed information on presentation formats, topic suggestions, and preparing your proposals submission, please see the Call for Proposals document.


Deadline

Submissions will be accepted until February 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM (PT).


Proposal form

Submit Proposal

Sponsors

If you are a contributor to the digital and educational technology community, your involvement as a sponsor of the MET Inclusive Makerspace Conference would be an opportunity for your organization to create and strengthen community partnerships.

View the Sponsorship Information document for full details.

Reasons to be a sponsor:

  • Gain exposure and reach with approximately 200 Ed Tech professionals
  • Be among other leading Ed Tech organizations and coalitions supporting inclusive educational technology
  • Be part of the first ever UBC makerspace design
  • Contribute to knowledge sharing and best practices for using educational technology and digital tools

Sponsor benefits and levels of support:

met.ubc.ca/inclusive-makerspace-conference/sponsor-levels

Other ways to support:

  • Purchase a vendor booth for the 2-day conference ($300 CAD) and run optional mini-workshops
  • Provide give-aways and tech tools as prizes for the event
  • Donate technology (software/hardware) or maker tools (no tech, low tech, high tech) to UBC’s Inclusive Maker Lab

Sponsor form:

Are you interested in being a sponsor? Fill out the form the via the button, below.

Sponsor Form

Deadline:

The deadline to submit the sponsorship form is March 17, 2023.


Questions

For any questions or concerns about sponsorship for the MET Conference, please get in touch with our Administrative Support contact, Nora Perry, at nora.perry@ubc.ca.

Contact

For any questions or concerns, please contact info.met@ubc.ca.