In this session, we will explore the current trends in “Maker Education”. The Maker Education Initiative’s (Maker Ed) mission is to create more opportunities for all young people to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, math, art, and learning as a whole through making. We will also explore how to use local Indigenous knowledge in order to deliver relevant and authentic programming in the classroom. Our presenters will share details about the 2016-2017 school-based initiative in “Maker Education” at Nusdeh Yoh (House of the Future) and how it has transformed the students and teaching practice as a whole.
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Presenters: Leona Prince is a Dakelh (Carrier) woman from the Lake Babine Nation and am a member of the Lakh Tsa Mis Yu (Beaver) Clan. Most importantly, she is a mother of three beautiful children Kobe, Ella and Ava who are her driving force in life. Leona works in public education as the Vice Principal of Nusdeh Yoh in School District No. 57 Prince George. She works as a member of the Professional Learning Team with Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium and speaks provincially about culturally responsive education. She also sits at the Aboriginal Leadership Advisory Council for the British Columbia. Noelle Pepin is a Nisga’a woman of the Laxgibuu clan of the wilp Ksdiiyaawak. Her name is Gwiix Silwilayinsgun Gibuu which translates to Always Learning Wolf. She was given this name because of her focus on education. She has a B.Sc. Natural Resources Management, Fisheries and Wildlife; B.Ed. Elementary, and is currently working on a M.Ed. Multidisciplinary Leadership. Her own learning is focused on exploring ways to express contemporary content and issues through traditional mediums or vice versa. As a maker teacher at Nusdeh Yoh (House of the Future) her goal is to foster creativity and collaboration through a cultural lens.