On December 6 – 7, 2016 Cohort 1 of the Ecosystem Learning Institute returned for a special 2-day professional development training led by the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES). Titled “Innovation by Design”, this session focused on the Design Process that TIES uses to help teams work collaboratively and share an understanding of the design principles used for their STEM Ecosystems.

The sessions were hosted by Marc Siciliano and Julie Stolzer from TIES, who facilitated multiple conversations and small group activities to

In the afternoon on the second day of the training, Omar Shepard from the Orange County Department of Education held a Maker Space session, titled “Make it, Break it, Share it, Take it!” where participants experienced hands on, minds on activities and professional learning around the maker movement. Omar shared many resources from the U.S. Department of Education, Makerspaces, ETSY, and Autodesk as well as the experiences from schools throughout Orange County. Omar also brought in a few 3D printers from Ultimaker, to showcase their 3-dimensional creation capabilities.

Huge thanks to Julie Stolzer and Marc Siciliano from TIES for bringing the Design Studio to our Orange County educators, and thanks to Omar Shepard for sharing such great information on Maker spaces, and the wide range of activities that educators can bring to their students.