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! 

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. 

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.

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.  

Join the STEM Teacher Community Now: 

May 12th - What to Expect When You are Expecting a Makerspace with JD Pirtle

Audience: This meet-up is for everyone - Teachers, Librarians, and Administration and anyone who wants to dive deeper into the impact of makerspaces and maker education movement.

Join us and JD Pritle as we delve into what it means to have a makerspace; going beyond the set-up. When schools create spaces with intention such as makerspaces, how do they ensure that the space will meet the need it was created for? How are the spaces shifting the culture and thinking in the school? How do schools allow the time and space for students and teachers to utilize the new space to maximize learning possibilities and impact?

JD Pirtle is an amazing educator, artist, and designer, who focuses on how to create learning opportunities and enviroments that will have the greatest impact on our students.

Audience: This meet-up is for everyone who is interested in any aspect of PBL - Teachers, Librarians, and Administration

Joining us for this workshop is Kristina Waner. Kristina is an experienced teacher, who uses PBL to connect with students where they are. Her success is directly connected to her ability to build both foundational skills and understand her students' affinities. By creating opportunities for student agency she is able to reach those students that may not be engaged in other classes. As educators we are constantly trying to figure out how to scaffold, build, and most of all connect with our students to extend their thinking and build their agency. Kristina will share with us her strategies and other insights into rolling out successful PBL experience for her students.

The focus of this meet-up will be:

What does getting started look and feel like from the teacher’s perspective?
Tips and Tricks for planning, assessing, managing, PBL andDesign Thinking projects
Q&A for your questions and concerns you may have as you delve into or build upon your teaching

May 26th - Kristina Waner - Building foundational skills for PBL and Design Thinking success.
June 9th - The Power of Defining and Unpacking What it Means to be Innovative with Evo Hannan

Joining us this week from Dubia is Evo Hannan. Evo is an educator who believes in his work and the power of teaching with a focus on Innovation and Design Thinking.

Innovation is such a broad topic and encompasses many different factors, this lack of a clear understanding no doubt leads to disconnect and missed opportunities. Today we will delve into a conversation about what innovation is and what does it mean to be innovative. As someone who has been working in education with a focus on innovation for over 18 years, Evo understands the importance of common language and how it is fundamental as we all work to develop a culture of innovation within our school learning communities.