STEAM & Maker-Ed

FOR OUR STEAM MENTORS available around the Province:  Go to our STEAM MENTOR PAGE

FOR DIGITAL STEAM RESOURCES on our OVERDRIVE Library:  Go to our Digital Steam Resources

FOR OUR MAKERED/STEAM PHYSICAL RESOURCES in our L4U Library:  Go to our Maker Ed-STEAM Resources page


Welcome to our MakerEd/STEAM Sharing Page




So what is #makered and STEAM, anyways?


“The Maker Education Initiative’s mission is to create more opportunities for all young people to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, math, art, and learning as a whole through making.”

MakerEducationInitiative.  This may be through STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics

Watch this TED Talk  video by Jen Ryan from Harvard University to understand the thinking skills behind design and making.

Watch this video by Ted Talk speaker Dale Dougherty which underlies how everyone is meant to be a maker!

What is a MakerSpace?

Other speakers:

How does my student experience #MakerEd?


1.  MakerEd camps run throughout the year in our HCS campus physical commons with Justine, our Kelowna librarian, coaching students in the MakerEd process.
Watch for updates from the Learning Commons throughout the year.


2.  Lego Mindstorms and Wedo Lego are available as classroom sets to be borrowed from our learning commons.

Please see the process for booking these resources below


3.  Teachers and STEAM mentors will be running camps at Community Connection Centres and Co-ops.

We are very excited about our STEAM Teacher Mentors.  These mentors are based all over the Province and will be running workshops, and delivering education to all students and families in regards to furthering their inquiry approach to learning.  To discover who your STEAM teacher mentor is, go to this page.

Process for Booking STEAM/Maker-Ed Kits and Resources


  • Contact Shandra Wiebe to make a booking
  • Classroom sets are not found on L4U but via this google doc
  • Staff may sample the individual kits and learn on the go during the summer
  • Contact Shandra to organize a time and spot on the Google calendar


  • Individual kits may be found in our L4U Library for loan: such as Makey Makey, Arduino kits, and Knex kits, Lego Mindstorms, Keva Planks  (Keva Planks are only available to Kelowna residents due to their size/shipping cost) and Dash robots.


  •  Coming soon in the fall a complete set of  EZRobots, individual Raspberry Pi, and more



3D Printer in the Physical Commons

The Makerbot 3D printer is now in action in the Campus Physical commons.  Contact Shandra for more information in this regard.  More ideas may be found here at this Thingiverse page.  Webinar on using the Makerbot.



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