Here is more background on each of the speakers presenting tomorrow during Maker Faire. They all have interesting perspectives on progressive education and we are pleased to have them as part of our inaugural series.

About the Speakers

Meghan Hausman; Center for College Access & Success/NEIU

Meghan is Assistant Program Coordinator for Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for College Access and Success. Working within the STEM department, she promotes making and makerspaces while coordinating professional development for teachers as well as programming for youth.

Jackie Moore; LevelUp / South Side Maker Faire

What is IKI Making and Why Does It Matter?

Jackie Moore has the distinct pleasure of managing Chicago Knights Robotics, a cosmopolitan team of high school students who use their interest in and curiosity about robotics to direct their learning paths. To better serve their shared learning, working, and outreach efforts, in 2011 she founded LevelUP IRL (a youth makerspace located in Chicago’s Ford City Mall). There, all teens can experience drop-in or scheduled learning opportunities centered around IKI projects. IKI projects are Interactive, Kinetic, Intelligent, or any combination of the three. In fact, if the project is all three, it is indeed a robot!

Michael Meiners; Hackstudio

Do It First, Figure it Out Second

Mike is the founder of Hackstudio – a new program for kids and adults in Evanston, IL. Mike started Hackstudio to design learning experiences that give free rein to people’s passions and so everyone can succeed by being who they are. Hackstudio is an outgrowth of Mike’s discovery in young adulthood that his own learning is deeper, more engaging and longer-lasting when he let’s go of what he “should” be learning and focuses instead on the committed pursuit of goals with deep meaning, never letting up until he’s closed the gap between where he is and where he wants to be.

Charles Adler;  Center for Lost Arts / Kickstarter

Charles Adler is a Kickstarter cofounder, designer, and lifelong nomad. Previously he founded the web-based arts magazine Subsystence as well as Source-ID, a multi-disciplinary design studio. Since 1994, his work has centered on supporting independent creatives. The Center for Lost Arts, his next endeavor, continues this thread of empowering creativity. Lost Arts launches this summer in Chicago.

Christina Pei & Daniel Kramer; Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire

Daniel Kramer and Christina Pei teamed up in 2011 to found Chicago’s first and largest Maker Faire. Dan Kramer is the principal of Schurz High School, and has promoted authentic integration of modern technology in learning throughout the school. Christina Pei is a wearer of many hats: maker, hacker, math educator, and doctoral candidate at Northwestern University studying Learning Sciences. Together they will talk about the Maker Movement at large and how CNS Maker Faire is changing the conversation around making and diversity.

Anneliese Gegenheimer; Chicago Students Invention Convention

Inspiring Bright Ideas through Invention  #chikidsinvent

Anneliese Gegenheimer is the Founder and Director of the Chicago Student Invention Convention, which she started in 2012.  She has been at IBM for 6 years, and is currently the Learning Strategy Leader for the IBM Cognitive Solutions Team.  Originally from Columbus, OH, Anneliese graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010 with a double major in Business and Chinese.  She enjoys running half marathons, exploring Chicago, and cheering for her Tarheels.

Lawrence D.  Pavia; Self-Directed Learning

Lawrence Pavia is a  graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a degree in Art and Design. Mr. Pavia had a successful career in graphics and display design before focusing on the field of alternative education. Intrigued with mixed-age schooling, in part from the concept of the Waldorf early childhood program, he went on to research democratic and free schools, and staffed at Tallgrass Sudbury school in the Chicago area for a number of years. He went on to help start up a school for self-directed learning in Chicago.  Having worked with children of varying ages, as well as teaching himself multiple crafts and subjects of architecture, art and history since his own youth, Mr. Pavia believes in self-directed learning as a most effective means of satisfying humans’ thirst for knowledge and understanding of the world.

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