Oct 14, 2016

Speakers and Panelists lined up at each venue

Ralston team visiting a lab
Ralston team visiting a lab

The ITIE 2016 Conference is reaching it final stage.  Speakers and Panelists have confirmed their engagement at each venue.  While the entire conference has the MakerSpace, Creativity in the Library theme, each venue has specific focus.

For Beijing, it is for Cultural Innovators.

For ShenZhen, it is for Innovators and Designers.

For GuangZhou, it is for Everyone.  And,

For Wuhan, it is for Students and Educators.

The conference is free for educators to attend, and we thank our supporters for their funding of 90 teachers from Rural China to attend.   This project's intent is to propagate MakerSpace spirit as well as methods and network as a springboard for educators and students to create MakerSpace that works in their community.

We believe that students is a key part of success.  To that end, we have a contest open to schools several months ago.  Eleven teams from China and two from America entered the third stage of the contest.  The winners will be funded to show their stuff at the conference.  We are very excited about that.  Some pictures and photos are included in the attachment.

If you know anyone who would be in the four cities at the time of the conference, please come by, attend a few sessions and chat with the teachers from rural China, other attendees and volunteers.  It would be my pleasure to see you there. 


Aug 22, 2016

Eleven teams advanced to round 2

In previous progress report, we shared an idea of having a contest for schools to start educators to think about MakerSpace.  Thirteen schools submitted applications.   A panel of judges went through applications from schools in rural areas of China, HongKong and America.  Eleven teams now advance to round 2.  

These teams will compete on the basis of

1. Creating a Space for Maker in their School, and

2. Completing a Maker project

Winner will be invided to ITIE November conference where they can get to show their stuff.

Attached are photos from the following teams:

KanSu TungWei Middle and High School

KanSu TienZhu Middle and High School

ShanXi DanFung Middle and High School

ShanXi YouZhan Middle and High School

California Ralson Middle School

California Canyon Middle School

KuaiZhou KaiLe High School

Jul 19, 2016

Creativity in the Library Contest Questionaire

As alluded to in the last report, schools were invited to participate in a Creativity in the Library Contest.  The winners will be funded to show their stuff at the conference in November.

A dozen contesting team have submitted their application per attached questionaire designed by Dr Winnie Wong et al.  

With this method, all participants will learn the underlying principles of MakerSpace, namely, Understand, Learn, Design, Plan, Do.  

Guide by their teachers and mentors, middle and high school students are challenged to use their creativity to complete two tasks: 
TASK 1: Design a Makerspace for Your School 
TASK 2: Complete a Hands-On Maker Project Based on Your Students’ Interests and/or Your Community Needs

A panel of judges will score according to predefined characteristics.

Dr Wong has shared her excitement based on the quality of the materials received.  


Concurrently, world renowned Speakers have been engaged.  One can find them in the website below with a rolling list of their appearances at the bottom half of the screen.


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