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September 27, 2016 13:00 ET

Expanded Make: Education Forum Hosts Leaders in Focus on Schools as Platforms for Making

With Intel as Presenting Sponsor, Carmen Farina, Chancellor of NYC Schools; Pam Moran, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools; Leah Gilliam, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation for; and Albert Palacios of Department of Education Join Speaker Slate

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - September 27, 2016) - Maker Media, the parent company of Make: magazine and Maker Faire, announced the Make: Education Forum, a new event added to the lineup for New York Maker Week, which runs this year Sept. 24-Oct. 2. Only in its second year, the Education Forum has expanded to encompass a full day slated for Friday, September 30, from 9am to 4pm, with the goal of bringing together the leaders -- from policymakers to private sector executives to educational professionals -- who are shepherding programs that bring Making into schools across the country. Partnering with Make: to host the event are The New York Hall of Science, where the event will be held, and the nonprofit organization Intel is on board as a Presenting Sponsor to offer its continued commitment to supporting education.

Launched last year as a half-day panel discussion, the Make: Education Forum was a standing room only success in 2015. Making it a full day of networking, learning, and discussion was the natural next step for this year.

"Educators are excited to meet each other and exchange ideas on how making transforms the learning experience for students," said Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO of Maker Media. "When we launched the Make: Education Forum last year, we weren't certain we would fill the house. But we were gratified by the response, so have made it a full day this year with a networking break at lunch for participants to meet each other and form the kind of long-term relationships that benefits them and the students they serve."

Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education; Pam Moran, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools; Leah Gilliam, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation for; and Albert Palacios of the U.S. Department of Education are among the impressive list of innovators leading the discussions for the day. Other influencers contributing to the conversation include senior educational professionals, makerspace coordinators, representatives from major national brands, librarians, national and local government officials, and youth organizers.

The panels will tackle topics relevant to the challenges of diversity and opportunity in the national education landscape with a focus on developing Maker-focused curriculum, including: "Supporting Diverse Learners through Making;" "Casting a Broad Maker Lens: Creative Computation and Creative Making;" and "Learning from Exemplars: Highlighting Successful Maker Learning Communities." Pam Moran and Ira Socol from Albermarle County Public Schools co-deliver the day's keynote address on the topic of "Freedom, Equity, Access: School as Maker Platform."

The day begins with introductions from Dale Dougherty, Maker Ed Executive Director Trey Lathe and the forum's host, New York Hall of Science President and CEO Margaret Honey.

Tickets are available in advance for $75 and include a one-day pass to World Maker Faire New York valued at $45. For more information about attending the Make: Education Forum, the event schedule and to register, visit To sign up to receive the free Make: Education newsletter, go to

Maker Media seeks to create positive change in the world by inspiring and empowering everyone to become a Maker. Through our signature brand, Maker Faire, we have the largest event network that engages Makers around the world and under our Make: publishing brand, we produce Make: magazine, the how-to "bible" of the Maker movement along with websites, books and kits. Founded in 2005, and headquartered in San Francisco, Maker Media caters to a universe of more than 25 million Makers across its properties.

About New York Maker Week
New York Maker Week is a celebration of Makers with activities, events, meetups, parties and more, all focused around the Maker Movement. With reach across all sectors, including tech, design, education, city planning and artistry, Makers will enjoy meeting and collaborating with their peers at events around the greater New York area from September 24-October 2, culminating with World Maker Faire. New York Maker Week also hosts signature events presented by Maker Media, including the Make: Education Forum on September 30 and World Maker Faire on October 1-2. With over 150 Maker Faires worldwide, New York Maker Week is just one of the ways that the Maker Movement reaches over 1 million people, including families, educators, inventors, artists, corporate professionals and investors each year. Learn more about New York Maker Week here.

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