07 Jul 2017

Meet the Maker – MakerMeetIE – ROCKETS, ROBOTS & MARBLES!


What is MakerMeetIE?

With an emphasis on learning by making, MakerMeetIE aims to help teachers to bring MakerSpaces into their classrooms and to help students explore the fun of working together. We use science, technology, engineering, art and maths to work together to make cool stuff – what could be more fun? Problem solving combined with creativity are at the heart of this hands-on, collaborative learning process.

Over the past 3 years a MakerMeet has been held before the ICT in Education conference in Tipperary. MakerMeetIE is currently evolving to extend the reach beyond this once a year event to encourage more teachers across the country to engage with the Maker movement to bring STEAM to classrooms nationwide.


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 splendid ICT in Education conference in Thurles annually and has been a CoderDojo mentor for more than five years.



What will they be doing at Dublin Maker?

At Dublin Maker, Chris, Hass, Pam and co. will help people to discover how rockets, robots and marble runs work. Over the course of the day they will be launching rockets powered in different ways, demonstrating how robots can be coded to get them to move about and getting the public involved to help build an awesome Marble Run!

  1. Peter McCabe July 8, 2017 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Looks like it could be a blast!

    • Chris Reina July 8, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Well Peter – we certainly hope it will be! (Vertical not horizontal)! 🙂 We’ll be creating a marble run and have robots as well!

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