Making Makers Workshop Series

Making Makers Workshop Series

Recommended for high school and middle school teachers

Gather with other educators exploring how to make makerspaces, make makers, and make 21st century citizens. This year, we’re offering a weeklong series of workshops and you can sign up for one, two, or all three.

  • Making Makers Level I: The Classroom Based Makerspace (Monday and Tuesday)
    Aimed at those who are considering bringing making into their middle or secondary school or classroom, this two-day beginner workshop offers an overview of the tools, skills, costs and considerations of the classroom makerspace. We’ll provide detailed handouts, budgets, safety, and basic use information to get you started. See the agenda here.

  • Makerspace Project Practicum (Wednesday)
    All hands-on, all day long! We’ll spend the day making eight to ten tested projects that will both level-up your skills and serve as examples for ways to get people engaged in a makerspace. You’ll leave with multiple completed projects as well as detailed instructions, design templates, inventory lists, materials sources, and budgets for each one, all ready for your personal use or for you to customize and share with your community. Attended last year? Don’t worry - we’ll have a mix of project updates and all new creations. See the agenda here.

  • Making Makers Level II: Unconference and Curriculum Design (Thursday and Friday)
    For middle and secondary educators with a makerspace already at their institution, this two-day workshop leverages your expertise to set an agenda, learn from one-another, and create something spectacular. Last year’s attendees said that what they wanted most was flexible time together with other maker-educators - we’re going to pair this with collaborative hands-on design of an escape room-based curriculum broken down into components leveraging making across the disciplines. Come ready to share, teach, learn, and commiserate. See the agenda here.
You are welcome to take any one, two, or all three workshops.


Learning Highlights

You’ll leave with an understanding of:

  • Why and how to leverage making and project-based learning to teach 21st century skills
  • The major tools you’ll need to furnish a makerspace and the basics of when, why, and how to operate each one
  • How to leverage the maker resources already available on your campus (be ready to reach out to maintenance, set designers, and the arts department among others)
  • How to prioritize and acquire tools incrementally based on budget, mission, and capacity
  • Low-cost/no-cost software and online tools available to help you to begin immediately to integrate making into your curriculum
  • Essential skills for maker teachers and how to get up to speed
  • Lessons learned from starting a classroom-based makerspace and building a hands-on engineering curriculum in an independent school environment

Meet the Instructors

Series coordinators Karl and Susan Kistler are veteran educators with over 40 years of combined experience facilitating learning with adolescents, young adults, and faculty members. Karl started Tabor’s MakerLab, has chaired the school’s science department, and currently teaches Engineering and coaches in the after school MakerLab program. Susan has spent over 15 years designing and building props and sets in Tabor’s scene shop and is an award-winning workshop facilitator. Together, they also offer a semi-weekly professional development series for the Tabor community focusing on building maker skills.

Overnight Accommodations

The following listings are for your convenience and are not necessarily recommendations. Please contact the vendors directly for information about their services and products.

Captain's Mate B&B | 305 Delano Road | 508.748.2827 | 3 rooms available May 1st-Nov. 1st
Private Residences VRBO | Click to Rent 
The Silvershell Inn | 460 Front Street |508.299.9810 | Click to Rent | 3 Rooms
Inn at Shipyard Park | 13 Water St. | 508.758.4922 | 3 rooms, 1 suite, private baths, fine dining
The Mattapoisett Inn | 23 Water St. | 508.758.9733 | 1 full apartment, 3 guest rooms (2 with harbor views), private baths, central air, gourmet breakfast
Cranberry Gardens Inn B&B | 105 High St. | 508.295.9475 | 3 rooms, private baths
TownePlace Suites Marriott | 50 Rosebrook Place | 508.291.1800 Mention Tabor for 15% discount.
Hampton Inn | 1 Hampton Way | 508.990.8500  |  Ask for Tabor Academy rate.
Holiday Inn Express | 110 Middle St. | 508.997.1281
Regency Inn & Suites | 171 Faunce Corner Mall Rd. | 774.992.0595
Residence Inn | 181 Faunce Corner Rd. | 508.984.5858
Fairfield Inn | 4 Chalet Road | 508.946.4000 | Ask for the Tabor Academy rate.

Dates and Cost

Making Makers Series Dates: Take one session or all three:

Level 1: June 17-18, 2019  
Makerspace Project Practicum: June 19, 2019
Level II: June 20-21, 2019

Cost: $325 for Levels I or II, $175 for Practicum, $825 for the full series

Attendee Endorsements

Attendees from last year’s workshops said:
“I had a blast! Thank you! I can’t wait to collaborate with my colleagues to design a program that we can incorporate into our curriculum.”

“This is one of the best workshops I have ever attended in terms of inspiring me, providing me with useful information, and keeping me engaged. Bravo!”

“This was a GREAT use of two days - well worth my time.”


Contact Dr. Karl Kistler with your questions.


Admissions Office: 226 Front Street, Marion MA 02738 | Mail: 66 Spring Street, Marion MA 02738 | 508.748.2000 |