March 13, 2013, 9am-9pm @ the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers

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On March 13, 2013 educators, researchers, and members of the community joined together in this invigorating one-day symposium dedicated to placing making, creating and designing at the core of educational practice. Activities included hands-on making sessions, engaging panels, renowned guest speakers, a cocktail reception and more. All events were free and open to the public.

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8:00 AM  Registration opens – Lobby Level 3
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM MakerStations-Sheraton 1 & 2 Ballrooms
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Panels Session I – Mississippi, Ohio, & Sheraton 3
2:30 PM –  2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Panels Session II — Mississippi, Ohio, & Sheraton 3
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Panels Session III — Mississippi, Ohio, & Sheraton 3
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Afternoon Break
6:30 PM Opening Keynote – Sheraton 3
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Evening Reception- Mayfair and Michigan A & B

Morning Sessions


9:00am to 12:00pm

During the morning, the Make-to-Learn Symposium offered 20 tables of hands-on activities, ranging from 3D printing to crafting to hacking. The makerstations offered opportunities to develop new techniques and provided participants to learn about new genres of DIY activity. This workshop was informal—which allowed participants to drop in when they had time to attend.  

  1. MAKESHOP Toolkit, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
  2. The Curiosity Machine: an online engineering design portal, Iridescent
  3. Technovation Challenge: Learn to Build a Mobile App, Iridescent
  4. FUSE: Leveled Challenge Sequences that scaffold STEAM learning, Northwestern University
  5. Making with Modkit, Modkit and Olin College of Engineering
  6. Tinkering to Learn: Exploring physical+digital making, MIT Media Lab
  7. Make a Beautiful Six-Word Memoir, National Writing Project
  8. Mozilla Makes and Hacks!, Mozilla Hive NYC
  9. Connect the Dots!, LevelUP
  11. Tinkering Lab, Chicago Children’s Museum
  12. Learning on the Next Level: Gamekit & Playforce, Institute of Play
  13. Dream It, Design It, Fab It!, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
  14. Toy Hacking with Maker Kids, Maker Kids
  15. gadgITERATION, Design+Technology Program, rsons The New School for Design
  16. DIY Paper Audio Speakers, Mt. Elliott Makerspace
  17. Hack-a-Shirt, Dreamyard and Hive Fashion
  18. SparkFun Education, Sparkfun Electronics and University of Colorado
  19. Caine’s Arcade Cardboard Challenge, Imagination Foundation

Research Meeting (by invitation only) (Illinois Boardroom)

9:00am to 1:30pm

Lunch Break

12:00pm to 1:30pm


Afternoon Sessions

Informative panels for informal educators, teachers and the larger DML community on topics related to building your own Makerspaces, DIY culture, and more!

Panels – Session I  

1:30pm to 2:30pm

Badging Maker Learning 

Designing Learning Pathways for Maker Spaces:  Principles and Practices  

How To Start A Youth Makerspace

Panels – Session II  

2:45pm to 3:45pm

There’s no “Me” in Maker: Identity, Self ­Invention and Critical Maker Pedagogies

Family Learning in Museum MakerSpaces

At the Confluence of the River Make, the River Write, and the River Learn  

Panels – Session III  

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Crafting Maker Spaces for Learning

Hearing from Young Makers

Afternoon break

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Enjoy one of the River North neighborhood restaurants!

Evening Reception

Opening Keynote  


The opening keynote session introduced the Make-to-Learn thematic, which featured Dale Dougherty of Make Media as the keynote speaker, and invited submissions to the Instructables Make-to-Learn Contest for youth 18 years of age and under!

Hosted Cocktail Reception  

7:00pm to 9:00pm