STEAM Community Workshops

A Community for All Educators

Hottest Place for Teachers Right Now

Join the best teacher community around. Every week teachers just like you come together to share strategies, ideas, project plans and problem solve together. We connect with other, have authentic conversation and support each other through these difficult changes. Each week is a reminder you are not alone and you can do this! You found the WhyMaker family, we are here for each other.

Here is what we know about learning these days: Kids are empowered, engaged when they actively involved in doing. Doing hands-on projects with students IS the best way to engage them in their learning. And doing hands-on projects are possible NOW! 

January 6th  - Library Makerspaces To-Go in the time of Covid
w/ Aileen Behringer 

While Covid has changed the landscape of teaching and schools across the country - Aileen, a High School Librarian has not let that stop her from providing her students the opportunity to create. While they may not be allowed in the library with her, Aileen has created a simple system for students to “check-out” Maker Kits. If you are a librarian and you support the Makerspace movement in your library, join us to hear her story. Learn how you can easily replicate her process.

  • During this workshop we will:
  • Hear Aileen’s story
  • See her system and process
  • Do one of her activities
  • Discuss how you can replicate this in your library

Kids and young adults alike want flexibility, ownership and the ability to show process. They want to CREATE! Regardless of what level of school your students are in, by implementing a To-Go Makerspace you are giving them the opportunity to learn valuable life skills and stay connected to the benefits of your library.

Check out all of WhyMaker Workshop which can be offered virtually. 

All teachers will receive CTLE credits for completing a workshop with WhyMaker.

The instructor was amazing. She was full of energy and extremely informative. I am so glad I participated. I learned a lot of usefully resources to uses with my students and families. I cannot wait to look into the resources that were provided.

- Katheryn S. 

Very informative. She used great real life examples of how to use the resources.

- Erin F. 

Thanks so much! I think this was one of my favorite PDs so far!I l loved all the resources you suggested!

- Melanie E. 

January 13th - PreK & K STEM Community Meetup

Teaching the littlest students in Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten presents itself with unique challenges. This Community Meetup will leave Pre K, K and even First Grade Teachers feeling recharged with new ideas for activities. It is hard to do remote learning and STEM projects with young students that are accessible and keeps them engaged. We know and other teachers just like you know as well. That's why we are building this community. Come join us in an open discussion all about you and the little students you teach.

We will have our resident expert Early Elementary STEM teacher Kelley Huxtable with us and we have got a ton of great project ideas we know you will want to hear. Kelley will talk about ways to do inquiry based creation with 3, 4, 5 and 6 year old students. She will share ways to speak so that students think critically, she will share strategies to help students make and create remotely.

The most important part of discussion is listening to each other and working together to solve problems. We are better together. Join us to share, learn and deeply connect again with others just like you.

Hands-on learning in education has never been more important. Kids are showing up to remote learning sessions that are hands-on and engaging at significantly higher rates (85% - 100%) than traditional classes.

Whatever your teaching environment is this year, join us for coaching like, peer group conversation that focus on building connections and student agency. We will work together to empower each other and engage our learners.

The purpose of each session is to equip you with real teaching strategies and lesson ideas that you can implement right away with your classes. You will receive teaching guides, project ideas, coupon codes, best new practices, great tools for remote learning and lots of new teacher friends!

Yes, Professional Development but MUCH better, MORE fun, WORTHY of your time and with A LOT of practical advice.

Paul Gordon, who works as a STEM educator has been fully remote all year living the challenges of this situation for teachers, students and parents. Through this time he has noticed that students are extremely disengaged even in his coding classes. They were lost, confused, in a learning pit and playing video games during their other classes! He decided to embrace their love of video games and turned his STEM class into celebration of those passions. He now has students setting up and preparing his students for a video game competition (also know as e-sports). 100% of his students are showing to this class to get ready for this tournament!

In educator jargon we call this project based learning, designing for an authentic audience, integration of ELA, math, social sciences, coding, problem solving and collaboration for a culminating event.

In kid jargon it’s “Mr. Gordon is the Best Teacher Ever because he let us play video games in class”. Join us to hear how Paul’s journey has been going and how you can make this or something similar happen in your classes. Also, we're gonna play a video game during this session so if you are interested to see what your students are talking about all the time. Join us!

January 20th - Video Games for Engaging the Disengaged 
w/ Paul Gordon 

At WhyMaker, our goal is to make the Teaching STEM Now workshops accessible to everyone. That’s why we want to help wherever we can! If you would like to attend a workshop but are finding yourself in a difficult situation financially please send us an email at and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

These Professional Learning Experiences for ALL Educators will help you learn to feel confident to teach hands-on learning in remote, hybrid or any learning situation.  

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January 26th - Design Thinking Educator Community 

Design Thinking in education is about to have its moment in 2021. If you are already using design thinking in with your class, join this meetup and tell us the secrets and tips that work for you. If you want to start doing more design thinking in your class join us to learn from great educators who are already doing. If you do not know what design thinking is, then join us to learn why its going to change your teaching.

Join us and some of the greatest design thinking educators to learn how to make design thinking part of your class culture. We will answer the questions: 

  • What is design thinking for K - 12 education?
  • What does it actually look like in your classes?
  • How do you do?

All of the largest and greatest companies in our society today use design thinking, everyone from Apple, Google, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Nike to GE Energy use design thinking to keep their business moving forward. Design Thinking is a language that our students need to be speaking in order to be ahead of the competition.

Join the WhyMaker Family to learn all about design thinking which we believe is the future of education.

February 6th - Virtually Making Robotics Come to Life
w/ Aimee Bloom