March 24, 2020


ITEEA's specially designed professional development STEMinar series focuses on Technology and Engineering Education best practices for leading Integrative STEM Education (I-STEM Education) in your school.

This webinar is FREE to ALL to help support educators during the current COVID-19 crisis.

March 25, 2020 at 4:00PM EST (new time!)

Makerspace Impact:

A "How-to" for Evaluating Makerspaces


Presenters: Bryanne Peterson and Phyllis Newbill


This Professional Learning STEMinar will explore Makerspaces in schools, including how and where to set them up, how to manage them, and how to evaluate their effectiveness. Evaluation need not be complicated, as evidenced by the sign-in log system we will share as an example.


Bryanne Peterson, Ph.D. is a Research Professor in the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on diversifying and increasing pathways to STEM careers. Dr. Peterson has previously built and run a middle school STEM lab and now is a methodology expert in the field of STEM education; she now runs the assessment and evaluation for Virginia Tech's Center for Educational Networks and Impacts.

Phyllis Newbill grew up in her family's small town rental store, which is arguably the original makerspace. It had tools, random materials, and available expertise. She studied theatre, geology, English, and engineering geosciences before getting her PhD in instructional design and technology. Her work includes supporting schools in their relationship with Virginia Tech, and supporting maker spaces in area schools. She worked with Giles County Public Schools to build and evaluate a makerspace in an elementary school library. She also directs the Virginia Tech Science Festival and serves as liaison between Virginia Tech and the Science Museum of Western Virginia.