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Tinkering and Making with diverse needs students

  • 23 Jun 2022
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Online webinar: joining details after registration

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In this webinar, hear about how electronics, coding and cardboard making can be part of a design thinking program for students with disabilities. 

Presenter Mike McDermott worked for the past 12 years in disability and currently works as a Disability Liaison Officer at Alfred Health. 

I want to live in a world where people can learn by doing in a messy, and inventive way, without fear of failure. I always look for ways to support that move from the scary vulnerability of the unknown to fearless exploration. I am curious about how people develop personal and unique insights of the world for themselves.

More specifically, my interest is how young people with a disability can gain the creative and critical thinking skills they need for meaningful lives and employment. Being a father of a son with a disability also drove me to look at better options for this cohort.

Mike's current work aims to tap into passions and create options to tinker, make, and be creative. The programs uses a mixture of low and high tech; circuit boards, cardboard, Micro:bits, Makey Makey, Tapeblocks, tape, Bare Conductive Touchboards and electric paint. And it follows these guiding principles from the Tinkering Studio in San Francisco.


Who Should Attend?

  • Teachers and leaders of Digital Technologies and STEM.
  • Teachers working with students with diverse needs.



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