The Maker Space Movement: Engaging Students in Hands-On Learning

Grades K-8
November 01, 2017

  • Presented by:
    Laura Reasoner Jones
  • Registration Fee:
    $139 ( $189 for non-members)
  • Location:
    Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville

Event Details

This workshop will prepare teachers, librarians, and administrators to meet the challenge of incorporating “Making” into their curriculum in order to encourage creativity and independent thinking in their students. The conference will address commonly asked questions such as: What is “Making”?; Why is this important?; How can you create spaces that lend themselves to making?; How do you infuse this into daily instruction?; What are options for low-tech making and high-tech making?; What resources and grants are available?; What supplies are needed and how to get them on a budget?; as well as How can you assess learning in this informal environment? Conference participants will engage in at least four different hands-on activities during the day (including activities such as: littleBits, Squishy Circuits, Reclaimed Art, Bridge Building, and Led Throwies). The goal of this workshop is to help teachers, librarians and administrators to understand the benefits of students using their hands and brains to create and explore, as well as to enable participants to gain the skills and knowledge needed to create a culture of making in their schools. Participants will explore both low and high-tech materials and leave with resources and ideas for creating their own maker environments.


Grades K-8

Elementary and Middle School teachers, Librarians, Instructional Leaders, and School Administrators


Laura Reasoner Jones (NBCT) (GEMS Founder) (Retired from Fairfax County Schools)

Laura Reasoner Jones is a National Board Certified Teacher who worked in Fairfax County as an Early Childhood Special Education  Teacher and as a School-Based Technology Specialist from 1988-2013.  Laura has been running GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) since 1994 and through that program she has introduced thousands of elementary and middle school girls and their parents to the joys of STEM and Making. Her goal in her retirement is to use her educational and technological background to contribute to professional development and student learning and achievement.  In the past three years, she has won the following grants: Google/NGCP CS Open, NASA Summer of Innovation, Toyota America Foundation for STEM programs, and the Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative Partnership.  Laura is enthralled with her soldering iron and new Dremel drill and has a garage and house full of stuff because, well, “You never know…” how it might be able to be used in one of her workshops, which have been featured at the New York Maker Faire and as part of Microsoft Research.


Event Schedule

Conference Runs from 9:00 a.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

Registration and Breakfast Begin at 8:00 a.m.

Lunch will be served at noon.

All registered participants will receive an email with event details in the week before the conference is held.

Registration Details

The conference fee is $139 for each participant who is member of a school division which is a member of VSUP/VaSCL. 

The registration fee for participants from Non-Member school divisions is $189 .

Registration fees include breakfast and lunch, as well as parking and internet access.

The registration deadline is October 13, 2017.

In the registration form (below), required fields are indicated with a red asterisk.  Mistakes made in completing the form will be highlighted in red.

Once you have submitted the registration, the person or people whom you have designated to receive a confirmation email should see that email (with registration information included) within 24 hours.

Pre-Payment is not required for participation.

After the conference has been held, an invoice will be emailed to the person identified in Billing Information on the Conference Registration Form for each participant.

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Registration Fee

$139   ( $189 for non-members)

Hotel Information

1901 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

(434) 977-7700

VSUP/VaSCL room rate.
VSUP / VaSCL Special Rate: $109
Call 434-977-7700 and ask for the VSUP / VaSCL room rate and provide the following VaSCL / VSUP Rate Code: IX9K5.

Or use the LINK below to make your reservation at the special VSUP / VaSCL room rate.


Contact VSUP/VaSCL

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November 01, 2017
The Maker Space Movement: Engaging Students in Hands-On Learning
Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville
October 13, 2017