Maker Ed-STEAM


Go to Maker Ed-STEAM Resources

Welcome to our MakerEd/Steam sharing page.  

Definition! So what is #makered and STEAM?

“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!

Other speakers:

How do I experience #MakerEd?

MakerEd camps run throughout the year in the physical commons, with Jessie our Kelowna librarian coaching students in the MakerEed process, using Makey Makey kits, Knex and Powtoon videos.  Contact Jesssie Davis for more information.  Lego Mindstorms and Wedo Lego are available as classroom sets to be borrowed from our learning commons.  Teachers will be running camps at Community Connection Centres and Co-ops.

Starting in the Fall of 2016 we are launching our STEAM Teacher Mentors.  These mentors will be 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.  Here are the names of the mentors in your areas if you would like to find out more in this regard read this article here.

Kathy Kanda– Kamloops – Inquiry Lit Circles and PBL.

Steve Bastian– Vancouver Island- Drones and Robotics (3d Printing)

Mark Lamden– Northern Vancouver Island and Powell River – Lego Mindstorms and Arduino

Shannon Beglaw– Kelowna- MicroBits and robotics- science fair 2018

Kathy Whittome– Lower Mainland- Cubelets- LittleBits- Robotics and Food computer workshops.  Genius Hour.

Pippa Davies- STEAM mentor leader and STEAM book clubs grade 2-3.



  • Teachers may 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.

  •  Families and students:   Individual kits may be found on L4U for loan: Makey Makey, Squishy Circuit kits, Arduino kits and Knex kits.  
  • Keva Planks have arrived.  They are only available to Kelowna residents due to their size.
  • 3D MakerBot.  This is in our Kelowna campus commons.  Contact Shandra if you want to use with your student.
  •  Coming soon in the fall a complete set of  LittleBits and Microbits.


3D Printer in the Physical Commons

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


Maker Resources in Overdrive


Resources and ideas can be found at this page here.  Specific learning commons ideas may be found here.

Maker Ed Scoop it

We continue to curate resources on our Maker Ed Scoop it! site. Here you will find websites, projects and much more! Check back often as more resources are being added regularly.  We encourage you to help your student learn to tinker, re-invent, re-imagine, and recycle as they explore project based learning with the maker ideas.


We have added many resources in Overdrive to get you started on your MakerEd journey! We have Make: books, Make: magazines and many other books to learn about MakerEd. We also have a wide variety of STEAM books available. Just look for MakerEd/STEAM Ed under the Collections tab on Overdrive!

Other resources to get you started!

  • Lego Tech support 1-866-349-5346 for questions
  • The site license comes with the link to all tutorials.  Apparently  middle school grade and up is the required age to get going with Lego Mindstorms.  High school would be a preferred age. Wedo is for the younger age group.  Contact Pippa Davies for the site license.
  • has lots of great ideas for teaching applications.  Sylvia Martinez’s book is a wonderful read and will empower you to help your students get making!  Check the website for constant updates on all things #MakerEd.
  • will motivate your youngsters to get learning when they watch and read this young lady in action!

Videos to watch!


If you are on Twitter here are some hashtags to follow:

Hashtags to follow:

  • #makered
  • #makerspace
  • #makermovement
  • #inventtolearn
  • #hcslearns

We look forward to helping you find that unique learning resource to help your student blossom!

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