Sonoma County Office of Education

21st Century Learning

Maker Education

We are pleased to announce that Sonoma County schools and districts interested in the Maker Education movement will now find even greater support and expertise for their efforts. Local Maker Education expert Casey Shea is transitioning from a part-time role as a SCOE teacher-on-loan to a full-time role as SCOE’s Curriculum Coordinator for Maker Education. He is available to provide hands-on workshops, on-site trainings, guidance for creating Makerspaces, and suggestions for simple Maker projects to get students started.

Shea previously taught mathematics and Project Make at Analy High School in Sebastopol. He worked closely with Dale Dougherty and Maker Media in 2011-12 and helped create the first-ever Project Make class in the country. The Analy High program is now a national model for Maker Education.

The goal of Maker Education is to create opportunities for young people to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, math, art, and learning as a whole through “making.” Shea’s background makes him ideally suited to support local educators interested in this increasingly popular field.

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SCOE's Casey Shea on "what makes a great makerspace | October 2016
"The makerspace is more of a mindset than a toolset," says SCOE's Make Coordinator Casey Shea in a recent article in a tech education publication, "THE Journal." He was featured prominently in an article titled "What Makes a Great Makerspace?" "Many of the most successful makerspaces I've ever seen started with very little equipment and a lot of creativity," he goes on to say. Read the full interview by clicking below.


Project Guides & Ideas

Community Science Network Project Page
This page has over 100 well-documented projects that use inexpensive and easy-to-source materials.

How to Smile
Here you’ll find hundreds of searchable math and science activities that can easily become Maker projects.

Look here for simple projects delivered in a comic-book style.

This site has a huge repository of user-generated projects.

Maker Camp YouTube Archives | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Upcoming Orientation Sessions for the SCOE Design Lab

SCOE now has its own Design Lab where teachers can become familiar with Maker tools. Learn more at one of the upcoming orientation sessions listed below.


Professional Development
Maker Certificate Program at SSU

Seminar Resources
Make and the Next Generation Science Standards (pdf)
Maker Lesson Driving Questions (pdf)

Recent Blogs
05/19/15 – Recipe for Creating a Maker Personal Learning Network, by Casey Shea (on edSurge)
03/10/15 – Make & Take: Rocket Launchers, Wind Tubes and Marble Machines
10/13/14 – What Do You Want to Make?
09/15/14 – Digital Fabrication
09/12/14 – The Maker Movement is taking off in Sonoma County Schools

Site Support
Custom Services
Schools and districts can request site-specific Maker workshops or trainings by using SCOE’s Custom Services link above.
SCOE Design Lab
Trainings are also available in SCOE's Design Lab. Click the link above and navigate to the Using the Lab section to learn more.

What's Next for Maker Education?
Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms?
How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Tech
MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context
Making It Real, June 2015 American School Board Journal
The Philosophy of Educational Makerspaces
Project-Based Learning Through a Maker’s Lens

The Piner-Olivet Union School District sponsored a summer Maker Camp for students in grades 2-6 recently. Filmmaker Robyn Kopp produced this video.



  • Casey Shea, Coordinator, Maker Education
    (707) 524-2810,