If you’ve ever asked yourself the following questions, you’re in the right place.

  • What is a maker?
  • What is the maker movement?
  • What are makerspaces? How do you get buy-in for them?
  • What does hands-on learning mean?
  • How can I get started with STEM and STEAM education?

This Should Work* (TSW*) introduces you to people on the cutting-edge of STEAM education and technology, and shows you how to incorporate the appropriate educational philosophies that will help you incorporate STEAM and maker-centered learning in the classroom, at your makerspace, or anywhere else.

TSW* is a podcast and blog about what it means to be a maker, tinkerer, and craftsperson. TSW* is curated and edited by Jay Margalus, with content contributed by Sarah Margalus and other guest authors.

About Jay Margalus

Jay Margalus

Jay Margalus is an educator, hacker, and interactive designer. He is the Faculty Director of the DePaul University makerspace IRL, where his research explores emerging technology, game design, and tinkering. Jay also cofounded the hackerspace Workshop 88, and is the president of the non-profit makerspace SpaceLab in Mokena, IL. He is a founder and board member of Chicago Southland Maker Faire. Jay has given keynote speeches on the philosophy of making at conferences such as the AMA Change MedEd Conference, Chicago Public Schools Techtalk + Googlepalooza, Caterpillar Innovation Conference, and the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs. Jay is certified in Thinking and Learning in the Maker-Centered Classroom by Harvard Graduate School of Education and Making Makerspaces by the Higher Education Makerspace Initiative. He is an avid backpacker and works with the Sierra Club to lead others into the wilderness.

About Sarah Margalus

Sarah is an instructional coach, reading specialist, and maker. She uses her literacy expertise and knowledge of best instructional practices to increase student performance through presentations, coaching, and curriculum development. Most recently, she presented at Chicago Public Schools Techtalk + Googlepalooza and the Southland Learning Conference about how educators can support educational making experiences with learning standards from a various content areas, rather than just focusing on science and technology. She works with her community through programming at SpaceLab in Mokena, IL and serving as a Girl Scout troop leader.

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