Sonoma County Office of Education

reMAKE Education Summit Underway

08/03/2017 -

A cardboard guitar is built at reMAKE conferenceFrom exploring the ocean with a virtual reality headset to creating a working guitar from cardboard, about 250 educators from around California and far beyond attended SCOE's second reMAKE Education Summit on August 2 - 4. The goal? To learn how hands-on making activities can transform their classrooms and instill a passion for learning in their students.

This one-of-a-kind conference takes place in a large community makerspace in Santa Rosa, 180 Studios, and it is designed to meet the diverse needs of all kinds of educators through dynamic presentations, interactive activities, and lots of making. "This is about charting your own course over the next three days," SCOE's Director of Innovation and Partnerships Dan Blake told attendees at the Wednesday night kickoff.

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Day 1 in Pictures

Bakersfield teacher Kathryn Bobbitt cuts a cardboard form to begin making a guitar.

"I looked at this and said, 'my kids and I can do this!'" said Bobbitt, who teaches math and digital electronics. She was building a guitar out of cardboard.

A panel of makers and maker educators discuss the power of making to transform classrooms.

A panel of makers and maker educators discuss the power of making to transform classrooms. "Making is about, 'how do I create a space where my kids can make really important decisions so they stay engaged, then get out of their way?" said panelist Sheryl Sotelo, who uses making to engage students in rural Alaska.

A teacher tests out virtual reality device

SCOE Director of Technology for Learners, Rick Phelan, guides San Rafael teacher Kela Cabrales through a virtual reality tour of a room.

Day Two in Pictures

A puppet made at reMAKE Education 2017

One of many puppets built in a workshop about "Design Thinking with Puppets."

An educator creates with a design tool at reMAKE Education

An educator experiments with woodworking during day two of the reMAKE Education conference.

Educators at the reMAKE Education conference

There were plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning and experimentation. Learn more about the reMAKE Education Summit at