Maker Day

A Maker Day, as supported by ITA and UBC Okanagan’s Innovative Learning Centre (ILC), is an immersive professional development event for educators.  It is a facilitated event that requires participants to thoughtfully and fully engage in design thinking and creative problem finding and experience hands-on activities.

On April 2, 2014, ITA and ILC held the first Maker Day with student participants in Sicamous, BC. Over 80 youth attended to engage in design thinking and hands on trades activities.

ITA and ILC debuted Maker Day on November 2, 2013. Over 80 educators designed and tinkered to explore how ‘making’ can be added into their classrooms.

See photos of Maker Day held on November 2 in our Flickr account

Taking Making to Schools

Between February and April 2014, ITA and ILC are piloting five Professional Development Maker Days and one Classroom Maker Day.  Participants will be inspired by a Keynote speech “Taking Making into Schools” and introduced to design thinking and inquiry. Working in small groups, participants are encouraged to create and prototype solutions to a design challenge using a pre-designed kit of tools and materials. Educators share their learnings and designs through a Gallery Tour and are challenged to take the learnings from Maker Day into their own practice to nurture more hands on learning opportunities within the classroom.

Maker Days have been scheduled in the following districts:

  • School District 83 (Sicamous): Feb. 7 and March 13, 2014
  • School District 42 (Maple Ridge): Feb. 28, 2014
  • School District 23 (Kelowna): March 11, 2014

Maker Day Tool Kit

The ILC at UBC’s Faculty of Education, Okanagan Campus has created a Tool Kit for individual School Districts to host a ‘Maker Day’.


Download the Maker Day Tool Kit (9MB pdf)

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