Teacher's turned out for hands on learning and exploration at the first annual Tinker. Make. Code. event.
Even though it was early on a Saturday right after winter break teachers from all over came to Westview High School. We had over 130 teachers at the event, teachers came from Hermiston Oregon, Salem, Portland Public, and Vancouver to name a few.
Teachers were able to walk around tables and ask questions to knowledgeable educators about many different items, based on their interested they could then dive deeper on at least two topics after the first hour.
We then broke out to do a Tinker Camp activity inspired by street art (see video below). Teachers were asked to use plastic, tape, LED lights and coin batters, even a plastic welder if they were so inclined. This activity was lead by Rob Van Nood an Educational Technologist at Caitlin Gable, and a co-founder of Tinker Camp PDX.
Overall it was a great way for teachers to connect, learn about new tools to use in the classroom, as well as try their hand at a real makerspace activity. The Beaverton School District looks forward to having this event again in the future and really enjoyed working with people from districts in the surrounding area.
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