NoVa Maker Educator Meetup


Are you a Maker Educator, new or experienced? Are you interested in including making into your classroom? Do you want to network with fellow Maker Educators?

Maker Faire NoVa is planning its second NoVa Maker Educator Meetup at their Faire on March 18, 2018. It will be an opportunity for Maker Educators to network and learn from their peers in the region. A group of experienced Maker Educators will share lightning presentations describing their maker programs. Afterwards you can explore the Faire to see making in action.

Educators in both formal and informal settings are welcome. Participants can network with other maker educators with the goal of creating an ongoing NoVa Maker Educator Meetup series.

Make Faire NoVa, formerly NoVa Mini Maker Faire, is in its fifth year. We present makers from the DC metro region, including schools and students. The Faire inspires, informs, connects, and entertains thousands of attendees in a family-friendly environment that showcases invention, creativity and resourcefulness and celebrates the Maker movement. It’s a place where Makers – inventors, technologists, crafters, artists, scientists, and everyone in between – show what they are making and share what they are learning.


Maker Faire is open to the public from 11 am to 5 pm. Educator Meetup participants must register in advance and have a Faire ticket.

More details on how to register coming soon!

If you can’t attend this event but are interested in future meetups, please register so we can add you to our mailing list.


The 2017 (last year’s) Educator Meetup Schedule is below for reference. We will be updating the schedule for 2018 as we get closer to the 2018 Faire.

Sunday, March 19, 2017
9:30-9:45 — Pick up shuttle at Wiehle-Reston East Metro station
10:00-10:15 — Kickoff
10:15-12:30 — Lightning talks

  • Community Makerspace – Brian Jacoby, Nova Labs
  • Elementary – Valerie Jopeck, FCPS
  • Middle – Gretchen Hazlin, Kilmer MS
  • High – Josh Ajima, Dominion HS
  • Private school – Chris Cook, Flint Hill School
  • College –  David Miller & Jade Garrett, George Mason University
  • Public Library – Sheila Ryan, MILL Studio at Gum Spring Library
  • Museum – Lori Ann Terjesen, Children’s Science Center
  • Community Makerspace – Pat Scannel, Makersmiths

12:30 — Wrap up and networking
12:30-5:00 — Explore the Faire!


NoVa Maker Educator Meetup at Maker Faire NoVa, March 19, 2017

Brian Jacoby – Nova Labs

Valerie Jopeck- Fairfax County Public Schools

Gretchen Hazlin – Kilmer Middle School

Josh Ajima – Dominion High School

David Miller and Jade Garrett – George Mason University

Chris Cook – Flint Hill School

Sheila Ryan – MILL Studio at Gum Spring Library

Lori Ann Terjesen – Children’s Science Center

Pat Scannell – Makersmiths Innovation Forge