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Wednesday, February 8 • 1:15pm - 2:00pm
The Neighborhood STEAM School

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Maker education is fun, motivational, and effective, but often feels difficult to implement and utilize. Learn how we at JR Simplot Elementary in American Falls, Idaho started with a Makerspace, grew a school-wide maker mindset, and now use engineering design in daily instruction to prepare the next generation of independent problem-solvers. Listen to perspectives from a classroom teacher, school principal, and superintendent. Topics to be covered include:

1. The value of maker education and how we include it in everyday instruction
2. How you can implement maker education in your classroom right away
3. Why all students benefit from maker education, not just advanced students
4. Why business and community leaders value maker education
5. Where maker education, project-based learning, and STEAM intersect


Nathan Lammers

Teacher, American Falls School District #381
Nathan Lammers has taught in schools for 13 years in Pocatello and American Falls, Idaho. For the past 5 years, he has worked to implement STEM and Maker education in the American Falls school district. He currently teaches STEM to 3-5 grade students at Cognia STEM-certified JR Simplot... Read More →

Chris Torgesen

School principal, American Falls School District #381
Chris Torgesen has been an educator for 36 years; teaching math and science to 6-8 graders and serving as an Elementary Principal in several 3-5 grade elementary schools. In 2019 Chris opened the J.R. Simplot Elementary School in American Falls, Idaho. After catching the STEAM bug... Read More →

Randy Jensen

Superintendent, American Falls School District #381

Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:15pm - 2:00pm MST
120C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702