What is MakerMeetIE?
With an emphasis on learning by making, MakerMeetIE helps educators to bring MakerSpaces into their classrooms and helps students explore the fun of working together. Problem-solving combined with creativity are at the heart of this hands-on, collaborative learning process incorporating science, technology, engineering, art and maths.
MakerMeetIE has extended its reach beyond the once a year ICT in Education event in Thurles to encourage teachers across the country to engage with the Maker movement to bring STEAM to classrooms nationwide. The team behind MakerMeetIE were particularly busy during European Maker Week with nationwide school-based workshops as well as a MakerMeet in the Microsoft Dreamspace to close out the week.
What will they be doing at Dublin Maker?
Last year at Dublin Maker the focus in the MakerMeetIE tent was on collaborative learning with rockets and marble runs with a side order of electronics. This year the emphasis will be on Cardboard Engineering – by helping to build a village, geometric structures and a geodesic dome! After your hard work, you’ll make a cardboard lunchbox and fill it with your very own shaped, edible painted sandwich. Between all of that is an exhibition of talking robot heads, electronics, fruity music, LEDs, coding, robots and more!
Participants are invited to attend the ongoing workshops and exhibitions throughout the day. Come join the fun!
Who is behind MakerMeetIE?
Chris Reina is based in Kerry and is Ireland’s only Apple Certified T3 Trainer. He supports educational institutions nationwide by providing services such as: workshops and training to teachers and students; servicing and repairs; implementing and deploying technology as well as web and graphic design.
Hassan Dabbagh is based in Mayo and, as an Educational Technologist, he enables teachers to get the best from the technology they have available to them. By eliminating the ICT issues that impede the use of technology he enables and encourages teachers to augment their practices and pedagogy.
Pam O’Brien is based in Tipperary and is a Maths and Computer Science lecturer in LIT. The integration of technology in education is a key driving force in her work. Pam organises the ICT in Education conference in Thurles annually and has been a CoderDojo mentor for more than six years.