Attendees for Professional Development posing in front of a Star Wars poster.

Build a Better Book Training Workshop

2020-2021 / Recruiting new partner sites for Build a Better Book! Apply online by November 1, 2019 for the training workshop on January 29 - 31, 2020, taking place in Boulder, Colorado.

Wave logo for the AERA conference

Event: AERA Conference

April 5 - 9, 2019, Toronto, Canada / Build a Better Book team members will present at a session on STEM Workforce Development at the AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada.

Tactile pieces of lasercut leaves and leaves made from wikkisticks.

Event: SXSW EDU Conference

March 4 - 7, 2019 / Build a Better Book: Engineering with Empathy. The Build a Better Book team will be leading a hands-on session at the SXSW EDU Conference in Austin, Texas!

Two workshop participants sharing ideas.

Training: New Partner Sites

February 28 - March 1, 2019 / Congratulations to our sixteen new partner sites! The Build a Better Book network is expanding with new partners representing eleven different states, libraries, schools, makerspaces, and community partners working with physical and learning disabilities. We are excited about the diversity of the new sites and their outreach to new communities.

Teachers use Makey Makey and paper circuits to create an interactive diagram of a cell.

Professional Development: Build a Better Book Professional Pathway (BVSD)

Bring a book to life! Learn how to merge storytelling with art, STEM and new Maker technologies to create experiential, multimodal books, graphics and games that can be seen, touched and heard. Through the context of storytelling, explore literacy-based maker tools including Makey Makey, paper circuits, Scratch, 3D printing and...