St-Anthony MakerFaire, April 30th, 2015 – Top Ten Rules for a Successful MakerFaire


This is the second in a series of blog posts written by Cathy Iverson, the library tech at St.Luke and St. Anthony schools – she is certainly the glue that has brought us together and made the MakerFaire happen!


As a follow-up to my last Blog post, St. Anthony Makerspace: Our Seven Top Tools!

I’d like to tell you about our incredibly successful, first ever, Mini Maker Faire!!!


On April 30th, we finally saw our much anticipated MakerFaire come to life. After weeks and countless hours of planning sessions, tweaking schedules, texts, Tweets, and emails, the day was ours and We rocked IT!


Our grade 5/6’s here at St. Anthony were asked to break into committees to help facilitate this epic day. Well, they certainly “rose to the occasion” and were instrumental in making this the success it was. Thanks to their teachers for all their patience and support during this time, the students outdid themselves on so many levels:)


As the buses arrived there was a buzz in the air. Both the Kitigan Zibi and St-Luke Ottawa students were welcomed at the main entrance by a giant banner and our Welcoming Committee, who led them to the gym where each student was given a lanyard with their name, school and top 3 activities for the day. After a few welcoming words from our Principal, Paul McGuire, one of our main organizers, Reg McCulley, gave the students instructions on how the day would proceed.

Reg McCulley, University of Ottawa student and uberorganizer
Reg McCulley, University of Ottawa student and uberorganizer


It was then time to start the Demos in the gym.  Students were transitioned from demo to demo so as to not create any gridlock at one particular station. An amazing music Playlist,  chosen by one of our student committees, added to the excitement and anticipation.


Here’s a list of what we had going on:


Jeff Ross/Raspberry Pi/ Minecraft servers

Minecraft Master Game Designer

Activity Station

students had the chance to experience a virtual minecraft environment - pretty cool!
students had the chance to experience a virtual minecraft environment – pretty cool!






Luc Lalande, 3D Printing/Minecraft “Creepers”

Minecraft and 3D Printing Station

Demo and Activity station




Marlaina Loveys Lego Bristlebots and Mazes

Activity Station

Bristlebot Kit - Single Pack


Rick Alexanderson (St-Peter High School) CARL Robot demo


CARL Robot Demo



Alison Evans Adnani Makey Makey


Makey Makey Demo




Luke Van Shaik and Brittini Ogden LED paper airplanes

Activity Station


LED paper airplanes


St-Anthony grade 5/6 student-led Demo Committee – Dash and Sphero Robots


Student led obstacle course with Spheros


At 12:30 all the students were sent outside to enjoy a pizza lunch under a bright sunny sky. (Thank you Tracey Crowe of University of Ottawa, you are fabulous!!) They stayed outside for an extra 15 minutes to get some air, shoot some hoops, play a little ball hockey and mingle.


After this nice break they moved on to the “hands-on” portion of the day and started on their pre-selected activities.  Discoveries were made,Wow” moments were plentiful and opportunities to collaborate with students from other schools were now a reality.


To add to my St-Anthony MakerSpace: Top Seven Tools. here are my Top Ten Rules for a Successful MakerFaire:

  1. Network – Get out there and find like-minded innovators)

  2. Communicate –  Find a suitable platform. We used Asana or Google

  3. Committees (Empowering students is a Powerful tool).

  4. Delegate – Divide and conquer. (People WANT to help. Let them)

  5. Find Sponsors to help with funding.

  6. Know your physical space limitations.

  7. Enlist your best organizer (Reg McCulley, you KNOW you are!!)

  8. Always have a plan B

  9. Food – Kids like food.

  10. Pray 🙂


I would consider this event a monumental success. The students enjoyed it, learned from it and were empowered by it.  There couldn’t possibly be more criteria for success than that.

Thank you Paul, for your innovative  spirit, because ultimately, without you, this would never have happened.


It really does “take a village…”

Just had to add this little video – some of the highlights of the day


Cathy Iverson

Library Technician

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Collaboration and communication between students

We are now all familiar with the concept of the 4 C’s and their importance in preparing students for the future.  As educators, we need to look for examples of how teachers are facilitating these skills every day.Here is an activity recorded in gym today that shows how students in primary and junior can communicate and collaborate together to learn a new skill and at the same time cooperate in the use of precious gym time!

While the graphic represents each element distinctly for descriptive purposes, P21 views all the components as fully interconnected in the process of 21st century teaching and learning.
While the graphic represents each element distinctly for descriptive purposes, P21 views all the components as fully interconnected in the process of 21st century teaching and learning.

From Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Communicate Clearly

  • Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts
  • Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions
  • Use communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade)
  • Utilize multiple media and technologies, and know how to judge their effectiveness a priori as well as assess their impact
  • Communicate effectively in diverse environments (including multi-lingual)

Collaborate with Others

  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams
  • Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal
  • Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member

Our grade 5’s working collaboratively with the grade 1 and 2 students.

#ecoo13 Friday Keynote – Jamie Casap @jcasap

Jaime Casap

Google Senior Edu Evangelist & Tech & Learning’s Most Influential. Hoodlum from Hells Kitchen focused on making edu the silver bullet and using tech as a tool!

Jamie Casap

Jaime Casap is the Global Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools in education. He helps educational organizations across the world find ways to utilize these tools in support of new learning models. His team is responsible for bringing Google tools to millions of administrators, teachers, and students across the globe. Jaime was named one of Tech & Learning’s Top 10 Most Influential in Education, and is a SXSWedu (South by Southwest) Distinguished Speaker.

Jaime serves on the Science Foundation Arizona Board of Directors, on the Board of Directors for New Global Citizens, is a member of the Digital Learning Council, and on the Executive Advisory Board for Arizona State University’s Department of Information Systems.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University, where he teaches graduate classes in leadership, innovation, and public policy.


For the longest time, your location determined your success in school.

Now, all the libraries are at our fingertips.

We have to ask the question, why does the grade 7 class today look the same as 20 years ago?

We haven’t switched our philosophy about what to do with this information.  Since the 1960’s we have been talking how technology will change education.

But now – we have the start of a new philosophy

  • Learning is personal – it doesn’t make sense that there is one model for all
  • Technology is totally ingrained into our lives – most of us use the web before we are even awake!
  • The web generation – technology is part of their lives – it has been all their lives.  How they learn is different from how we learned.  Their expectations are very different than ours.

Are we ready for this generation of kids?

What they have now – is the worst technology they will ever see – how do we deal with these expectations?

Now we need to ask kids – what problems do you want to solve?  The resources they have at their fingertips is unbelievable, se we need to teach them to be problem solvers.

There is only iteration, there is only the next step, it’s only iteration that counts in this world.  We want to be able to teach them to move things forward.

They need to know how to collaborate – this is more than working together, it is understanding another point of view.  It is to be able to sit there, listen to another person and change their mind.

Kids need to become digital leaders, not just consumers of content.  They need to create on-line.

They also need to be good searchers – most of us are.  Command F – can be used to find a specific item on a web site.  Our job as educators is to take information and turn it into intelligence.

What we also recognize – great change only comes about through education.  Teachers now will create what the next generation will look like – what the next level of intelligence will look like.

As administrators – we need to give our teachers space.  The most important person/factor in the room is the teacher not the technology.

We need to find out what professional development we need to keep these teachers current – that is how administrators can help.

Broadband and devices are now part of the infrastructure of the school – it has to be at the fingertips of the students.

Innovation must cause innovation – innovation is education- it is what we do with our technology

Can we imagine what technology will look like 2, 5, 10 years from now.  Education is the silver bullet, not technology.  Teachers need to use technology to teach, creating a new way of doing something.  Education is the only thing that can change society.  But we need to have new models to do this!

Finally, check out my storify in the next blog post!

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