Sonoma County Office of Education

21st Century Learning

Maker Education

Local maker education expert Casey Shea now serves 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.

Maker News

Explore Digital Design with Fellow Maker Educators on 2/15/18
Join the North Bay Maker Educators on Feb. 15, 2018 for an evening of exploring digital design to form a collective art piece. Walt Hays of Analy High School's Maker Lab is hosting an introduction to Inkscape and laser cutting activity where each attendee makes a puzzle piece that we all fit together (of course, you get to take your puzzle piece home). Learn more and register.

North Bay Maker Educators Meet Again 4/19/18
The North Bay Maker Educators will meet again on 4/19/2018 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Sonoma County Office of Education. Stay tuned for more details.

NASA sign welcomes SCOESCOE's Leadership in Maker Education Grows
SCOE's leadership position in maker education continues to grow, with SCOE hosting its second annual national conference on maker education, presenting at the NASA Langley Research Center, and joining the ranks of 15 maker education hubs around the country. Learn more about these new honors and opportunities at this link.


Maker pubSCOE Efforts Highlighted by National Organization
This article in MakerPromise celebrates SCOE's many efforts to be a leader in maker education, including creating a design lab housed at the county office, hiring a maker coordinator, hosting a county-wide STEAM Showcase, and much more.

THE Journal thumbWhat Makes a Great Makerspace
"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?" Read the full interview.

Maker Group A Recipe for Creating Your Maker Personal Learning Network
A Maker-centered PLN is the perfect dish, chock full of the essential 21st century “food groups” of creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Read more in this edSurge article by Casey Shea ...

Casey SheaBlog: Maker Education
This blog offers ideas and resources to support school programs that offer young people the opportunity to explore and develop interest in science, technology, engineering, math, art, and learning as a whole through making. Author Casey Shea worked closely with Dale Dougherty and Maker Media to create the first high school Make class in the country and now coordinates maker education at SCOE.

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

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.