Pre-ICT in Education Conference MakerMeet
Registration for the 2023 Pre-Conference Maker Meet is now open!
Learn practical skills, projects and S.T.E.A.M. information for your classroom!
Join us on Friday, May 12, 2023 from 18.30-21.00 at TUS, Thurles.
The 2023 Maker Meet is sponsored by TUS’s Department of Information Technology and by MakerMeet.ie.
A Maker Meet is similar to a TeachMeet. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TeachMeet) The main difference being that the focus is on practical skills almost exclusively in the S.T.E.A.M. arena.
Maker Education is a fun and engaging way for students to build the 21st century skills they need to succeed in an increasingly diverse workforce. These skills include critical thinking; creative problem-solving and collaboration as students ‘make’ with others – while developing the ability to prototype, fail and continue trying.
Constructivist learning theories espoused by Jean Piaget and Seymour Papert are often referenced in Maker Education as Project-Based Learning is used to teach a wide variety of skills simultaneously in a single project.
Other skills that are often incorporated in this methodology are flexibility; leadership; initiative; productivity and social skills. In addition to these important competencies are also literacy skills such as learning how to present information through media and technology.
At the Maker Meet – presenters will show projects they have completed or are in the process of creating and presentations will last between 10 – 30 minutes. Most projects can be re-created easily in any classroom. Come join us for fun, engaging and practical workshops!
Participants will use ASCII/UTF values for our initials, converted to binary, to create unique visual representations of their names via an adaptation of Hitomezashi stitching (a traditional Japanese stitching style) drawn on a simple square grid.
This workshop/presentation will demonstrate the Cyber Skills Escape Room under development at Cyber Skills. The aim of the escape room is to engage students in an exercise to understand the diverse elements of a cyber security incident response across a business. Teams are assigned functional areas in a business and must solve challenges related to their area to regain access to their system.
Families from the OurKidsCode clubs in Co. Tipperary will demonstrate the club model and their activities. OurKidsCode aims to change parental attitudes towards computing through the formation of interest clubs run by the families themselves. Parents are one of the key influences on children’s choices of school subject, higher education and career.
Pam will demonstrate various Origami folding techniques to make different geometric shapes and structures. Relax, fold and have fun!