What does it mean to be a maker?
I am proud to be a Maker Educator! For me, making is a way to show students that there are many different ways to show and share knowledge and that failure is only a beginning, not an ending.
What are you doing in the Maker community?
I run a STEM lab in my school district for my students, and am actively involved with the MakerEd community. We host regular meetups for makers in the education world, and I run a Mobile Makerspace at many of the local conferences and workshops. I am also working with Maker Depot Academy to create professional development training, curriculum, and materials for schools interested in getting started with making.
Who are some other Makers you admire and why?
Laura Fleming, the Queen of school makerspaces, for making so many educators aware of the benefits of MakerEd.
Kevin Jarrett, the inspiration for my own STEM lab, and who has provided me with tons of ideas and support.
My father, Jim Baldino, who introduced me to the joys of making at an early age and who has continued to provide support and assistance on projects throughout my life.