Introduce yourself

  • Tell us about you - who are you, where are you and what do you do?

  • Ok, I'll start.

    I'm Kate, co-founder of Artefacto. We're a creative tech company based in London and we do lots of maker workshops and training for libraries and other cultural sector organisations as well as building and making things.

    I'm particularly interested in creative learning and digital literacy and the intersection with making and makerspaces.

  • Hi,
    I'm Gabi :) I'm a writer and theatre maker particularly interested in exploring alternative ways of storytelling. I'm also a co-founder of CyberCitizens Theatre Collective. We use new technologies to create immersive and interactive performances and interdisciplinary art.

  • Hola, I'm Carlos. Makercart creator and Artefacto collaborator. Interested in all things Maker Education including project based learning and tech such as 3d printing, electronics and robotics. I've been helping libraries set up makerspaces and maker education programs and also delivering workshops at museums, talking at conferences, collaborating with artists, etc.

  • Hey everyone, I'm Mark, a public librarian helping to set-up a Makerspace in Oxford. When I'm not thinking about Making I'm working on ways to promote coding in libraries (namely through Code Clubs), encouraging people to get online, and providing digital services.

    Carlos and Kate have been a big help with training and advice.

  • Hello, I'm Jon Carton, I work for Kent County Council. I'm currently seconded as Project Manager for the Kent's Digital Dens project, where we are setting up 5 digital clubs in locations around Kent. We're targeting children aged 8 to 11 in deprived areas and providing access to some of the latest digital tech, including Raspberry Pi's, micro:bits, LittleBits, circuit makers, and 3D printers.

  • Welcome Mark and Jon, look forward to sharing ideas, questions, resources, etc on here

  • Hi,
    I am Darren Smart, a strategic manager with Kent CC & a passionate supporter of all things digital & making in libraries, some of you may know me better as @darrentheviking on Twitter

    I regularly speak/present on various aspects of digital library services & digital literacy

  • Hi I am Claire Pickering, Library Officer: Information and culture with Wakefield Libraries. I am interested in digital making art , culture and enthusing people about the possibilities and innovative tech out there.

  • Welcome Darren and Claire, great to have both of you on board!

  • Hi. I'm Gary & work in Surrey Libraries. Having been inspired by Carlos at an event a couple of years ago we bought our own Makercart, and have been running a range of making events for adults and children with a lot of support from Carlos. We are mostly focusing our maker activities at Guildford Library, but are starting to spread them out to other libraries too.

  • Welcome bienvenido Gary! Great to see you here :)

  • I'm John. I'm the Makerspace Coordinator at Saint Joseph Academy in Cleveland, Ohio. We are an all-girl, 9-12 school and are in our 3rd year with a makerspace. Three years ago it was a bit of a challenge to convince people that this was necessary and would get used, it has become so popular that we are looking for ways to expand. I am always looking to learn and collaborate with other maker's at the high school level.

  • Welcome John, it's great to have you on board. In your opinion what's the most successful/popular activity/tech in your school? We have a few of librarians on this site at the moment, perhaps it would be a good idea to start a school makerspace topic/thread for more school oriented maker educators?

  • David Held here. I teach Art and Technology classes at Poughkeepsie Day School in Poughkeepsie NY. I am also a sound artist and give teacher workshops in Making and Coding. For the last year, I have been promoting the BBC Microbit as a tool for making in the K-12 environment. My website is

  • I'm an Engineering instructor at a Career and Technical Center in South Mississippi. I also helped form the Hub City Makers and am on the committee to host the Hattiesburg Mini Maker Faire in February 2018. I love to MAKE. I use a laser engraver, CNC machine, 3D printers and a vinyl cutter. I also sew.

  • I'm an artist, tinkerer, educator, and graduate of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). I taught in a K-12 school in Brooklyn, NY, USA for 14 years. In 2007 I created my school's Physical Computing program for 12-18 year olds, and two years later, joined NYC Resistor, a hacker collective in Brooklyn, NY where MakerBot, the first popular Desktop 3D printer was conceived. Shortly after MakerBot transitioned from project to company, my students put together the very first MakerBot printer sold to a school (a cupcake CNC machine).

    In addition to teaching full time at Saint Ann’s, in 2011 I started working for MakerBot as their first Education Coordinator. After two and half years I left to work with a group of consultants leading 3D workshops, and later worked for Canadian-based 3D printer company Tinkerine. Starting in January of 2015, I worked on an 6-month research project for Ultimaker exploring the needs of North American teachers wanting to use 3D printing in their classrooms. In the summer of 2016 I helped launch the Ultimaker Pioneer Program, an initiative to help North American educators integrate 3D printing into their K-12 classrooms, college courses, makerspaces, and libraries. The program facilitates collaboration between educators, and encourages Pioneers to share information about software, hardware, techniques and curriculum with a larger audience, both online and in person. II created and maintain the Ultimaker education landing page:, and in September, 2016 I left teaching full time to work for Ultimaker as their North American Education Community Strategist.

  • I'm Mark Loundy. Im an instructional technology specialist in the Cupertino (Calif.) school district. We opened our K-5 makerspace in February 2015. I also write a makerspace blog at

    Mark Loundy

    Instructional Technology Specialist
    Google Certified Educator, Level 2
    De Vargas Elementary School
    Cupertino (Calif.) Union School District

  • Hi all, I am late to the party but a colleague recommended this community to me and it looks great! I'm the makerspace coordinator in a PYP candidate school in California. I've been interested about maker life for a few years, but this is my first year in an active role! We have scheduled in Design classes for 3rd-5th grade that I teach as well, and I'm currently trying to build my scope and sequence/curriculum!

  • Hi! I am half of a two-person consulting company, Nonscriptum LLC, based in Pasadena, California. We have online classes on 3D printing and maker electronics, write books for Apress, and do consulting on how to get started with these technologies. Links at

    We also have a pro-bono project to link up teachers of the visually impaired who need a CAD model made with teachers looking for a good CAD problem for their students. Google group is linked under "projects" on our site- lots more requests than fulfillers right now, so please offer to create a model!

    Joan Horvath
    Co-founder, Nonscriptum LLC

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