Making in Education Conference

Sponsored by Rockwell Automation

Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm in the Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and Learn Deep will co-host this special program, sponsored by Rockwell Automation, which will include panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and presentations. Sessions include:

  • What is a makerspace? Mobile carts, fab labs and other models
  • Standards-based maker projects, rubric and assessments
  • Instructional techniques to foster project-based learning
  • The impact of making on student achievement: research and findings
  • The Maker Mindset: Collaboration and Design Thinking
  • Tools and technology for an educational makerspace
  • Lunch, parking, refreshments, and admission to the Maker Mixer (Saturday, September 23 from 6pm – 8:30pm) are included with your registration.

Conference Presenters

Peter Wardrip

Peter Wardrip

Assistant Professor of STEAM Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Peter Wardrip is an Assistant Professor of STEAM Education at the University of Wisconsin. Formerly he was a Learning Scientist at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on informal/formal learning collaborations, professional learning for educators, formative assessment and making as a learning process. Peter earned his PhD in Learning Sciences and Policy from University of Pittsburgh. Peter grew up in Racine, graduated from Racine Case High School and also taught in Racine Unified School District.

Keynote: “Supporting Learning in Makerspaces: Frameworks, Partnerships and Professional Development”.

Description: Making and makerspaces are finding their way more and more into K-12 schools creating opportunities and challenges for teachers and administrators. Often these makerspaces can look very different from school to school depending on the goals and priorities of the schools and educators. This session will celebrate these differences and share some examples of how these educational makerspaces look different in order to support different learning goals. In addition, this session will share some examples of partnerships and professional development resources used to support schools to design and facilitate ambitious maker-based learning experiences.

Steve Vande Zande

Steve Vande Zande

Program Implementer

Milwaukee Public Schools

Steve a is a multimedia artist who currently works as the program implementer at Bay View High School and cofounder of RedLine Milwaukee. In 2003 he received the Outstanding Educator of the Year award from the Wisconsin Art Education Association, and in 2004 the Excellence in Education Award from Milwaukee Public Schools. In 2009, Steve was awarded Outstanding Faculty Lecturer for Educational Policy and Leadership from the Marquette University College of Education. In 2013 he was named mentor of the year by The Southern Graphics Council.

Heather Eiden

Heather Eiden

Art Specialist

Milwaukee Montessori School

I am an art educator and get inspiration by personal history. Presently, my work reflects everyday narratives embellished in a mosaic format. Ceramic Story Tiles are my visual vocabulary. Ceramic Story tiles are my symbolic vocabulary and illustrate the relationship between childhood play and storytelling. The Story Tiles appear randomly in my sculptures and mosaics like thought bubbles.

Katie Koffler

Katie Koffler

Making Spaces Project Manager

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Katie Koffler has a background in Fiber & Materials Studies from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She began teaching art education through AmeriCorps, and continued on at Carnegie Museum of Art and Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Katie has been focused on making at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in MAKESHOP since 2014.

Brian King

Brian King

Educator/Maker/Skill Acquirer

Former Head of School and Director of Innovation at Milwaukee Jewish Day School

A lawyer, educator and maker, Brian recently spearheaded the educational transformation at Milwaukee Jewish Day School from a traditional school to one focused on student-owned learning, learning through inquiry and making. The transformation included building a new Innovation Hub to complement the school’s approach to teaching and learning.

Julie Kallio

Education Researcher

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Julie Kallio is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her research includes design processes, social networks, and physical learning spaces. Julie previously taught in outdoor education and independent schools for 9 years, as a technology leader, science teacher, dorm parent, and coach.

Erica Breitbarth

Erica Breitbarth

Music Department Chairperson

Reagan IB High School, Milwaukee Public Schools

Erica Breitbarth is an active vocalist, conductor and music educator. Erica sings professionally throughout the Milwaukee area and recently toured in Europe with the Bel Canto Chorus. She was named a finalist for the 2017 Music Educator Grammy Award. Her areas of expertise include innovation in arts education and culturally responsive teaching.

Karie Huttner

Karie Huttner

Educational Technology Coach

Verona Area School District

Dedicated to inspiring all learners to become active creators of knowledge both in the physical and virtual environment through a constructivist based approach to learning, Karie Huttner is a K-5 technology coach at three schools in the Verona Area School District in Wisconsin.

Rachel Nolan

Rachel Nolan

4th Grade Teacher

Verona Area School District

Exploration and learning are the driving forces in my classroom and life. I teach 4th grade in Verona Area School District and am excited to learn and grow.

Erik Wolbach

Engineering Teacher and Fab Lab Manager

South Milwaukee High School

Erik is an engineering teacher in the Technology & Engineering Academy at SMHS and manages the Rocket Fab Lab. He has experience in redesigning curriculum to center around project based learning and the engineering design process. He has a degree in engineering and is licensed to teach physics, physical science, and math.

Robert Griegoliet

Teacher, maker, lifelong learner

When the Bleep! (Are we Going to Use That)

As a child of the Frizzle/Nye generation, Rob Griegoliet strives to bring a similar level of exaggerated engagement to his classroom on a maker’s budget. As a proponent of the flipped classroom, maker ed, and standards-based grading, he foolishly attempts to re-envision the classroom in creative ways.

Dana Timm

Dana Timm

Lead Engineering Teacher

Bay View High School

Dana has been at Bay View High School since 2015 as a PLTW instructor. He leads and sponsors the “Red Cat” Race Team, Robotics, Electric Race Car, and the “World Project.” When not teaching, he can be found in his shop or chasing after one–or all– of his three sons (ages 4,4 and 3).

Krista Hutley

Adult & Administrative Services Librarian

Whitefish Bay Public Library, MKE Mixers MCFLS mobile makerspace

At the Whitefish Bay Public Library, Krista does an eclectic variety of things, including technology planning, adult collection development, and teen programming. She is also a founding member of MKE Mixers, a grant-funded mobile makerspace that aims to give every Milwaukee County library equal access to tools for creating maker programs for all ages.

Tammy Lind

Instructional Coach

District of South Milwaukee

Tammy is an Instructional Coach in Southeastern Wisconsin. She is a Google Education Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator as well as an Intel Master Teacher. A former special education teacher, Tammy is passionate about finding web-based technologies to make the curriculum accessible to all learners. As the founding member of the Southeast Wisconsin Google Educator Group and the Southeast Wisconsin Instructional Coaching Network, Tammy is a leader in both her own school district and the educational community as a whole.

Paula Kaiser

Director of Development

Norris Academy

Paula has taught in classrooms, led a personalized learning school as the Instructional Coach, and witnessed district-wide change as a Personalized Learning Coordinator. Paula’s firsthand experience of the power of student-centric learning allows her to guide schools and districts through successful implementation and mindset change. At Norris Academy she is responsible for the strategic development of the Academy utilizing design theory to research, prototype, implement and evaluate innovative approaches to learning.

Joey Zocher, PhD


Escuela Verde

With nearly twenty years of urban science teaching experience, Joey is a passionate teacher researcher with scholarly interests in ecopedagogical praxis and scientific literacy with urban youth. Joey believes Escuela Verde’s student-centered, project-based learning approach to teaching and learning is the missing link to student success. Through integrating sustainability and restorative justice into a school-wide curriculum, students not only have the ability to make learning relevant to their lives, but are encouraged to take action for positive change in their communities.

Maggie Sasso

Sewing Lab Technician

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design or MIAD

Maggie Sasso is the Sewing Lab Technician and an instructor at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. As Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Furniture Society she contributes to an international voice of makers. Sasso was the recipient of a Mary Nohl Fund Fellowship in 2015.

Conference Organizers


Maker Faire Milwaukee is part of the Museum’s Maker Initiative, which offers year-round maker programs and events to children and adults of all ages, and professional development training and other support to educators. BBCM makers and educators are members of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, the Association of Children’s Museums and other groups that bring together leaders in maker education. The Museum is a leader in conducting maker education research, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin, and is among a small group of institutions nationwide providing maker education training under a grant from the federal Department of Education and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Learn Deep

Learn Deep is an independent initiative to accelerate innovation aimed at the development of 21st century skills within Milwaukee area schools. Learn Deep hosts a free monthly forum that brings K12 educators together with leaders from higher ed, the business community and non-profits to build connections and learn from each other. Learn Deep works with schools and outside organizations to implement and refine practices that provide students with authentic learning experiences to develop the skills students (and Milwaukee) will need to thrive in the 21st century.