Your Name: Nancy McGowan

Grade Level: 3rd-5th Gifted Education

School or Organization Name: Bluff Park Elementary

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Hoover, Alabama U.S.A.

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Gifted & Talented, Elementary Educators, STEAM Educators

Short Session Description (one line): Maker Faire-From research to showcase!

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): Being a “Maker” encompasses many talents.  I established a Maker Faire at our school as an authentic learning opportunity which was personally relevant to the individual student.  

The goals of the project:

  • Allow for student intrinsic motivation and self-directed learning
  • Facilitation of the 4 C’s:  Critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity
  • Provide students opportunities that allow then to fail in order to succeed
  • Provide for student opportunities to enhance Project, Problem, Design, Inquiry, and Challenge Based Learning
  • Promote student literacy through writing, reflecting, and journal writing while Making in specific subject areas
  • Promote service student learning by identifying and inventing solutions to local and world problems
  • Give students the opportunity to learn through kinesthetic opportunities
  • Introduce students to the iterative process for problem solving
  • Support student inquiry by relaying the importance of good questions and continued questioning
  • Categories of Maker Projects:  Inform, educate others/teach, improve lives, entertain, etc.

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:

Tags: Authentic, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical, Education, Experience, Faire, Gifted, Learning, More…Maker, Thinking

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I'm writing on behalf of the co-coordinators of the 2017 Student STEM + Entrepreneurship Conference.

Your proposal so far looks great! Thank you so much for submitting. We would like to remind you that those eligible to present are students from sixth grade and into the college level. If you are so eager to present your work, you can ask a college student to present. 

Thanks for your cooperation. We're excited to further review your proposal!

Eunice Daudu and Gaby Palines
Co-coordinators of the 2017 Student STEM + Entrepreneurship Conference

Nancy:  this looks terrific, but you're likely to hear from the student organizers that presenters need to be students... Hope you'll do this for one of our other events!  (


Thanks so much for your reply. I love your conference idea! If you ever include elementary or gifted we would love to present. :)


Nancy McGowan


STEM + Entrepreneurship


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