I just received this email from one of our Maker Faire Detroit volunteers
Suzanne Zobel. Thought I’d share it with you.
Thank you so much for asking me to represent TNNA at the Teachers
as Makers Academy! The event was a lot of fun, and although the time was short,
it did make an impact on the teachers.
We were one of four makers asked to participate during a two hour session
Wednesday afternoon. The twenty teachers were divided into four groups and had
about 20 minutes at each station. I was able to use the
needlepoint/cross-stitch materials to design a small project which could also be
adapted to their teaching situation. The teachers began some of the stitching
while we discussed ways the needlearts could be incorporated into various
subjects and grade levels. (The teachers represented K-12 and a wide variety of
subjects.) Some took additional materials to continue or experiment further. I
know that several of the teachers will contact and follow-up with projects for
(As is always the case, one wishes for more time to prepare and more time to
present — but if a similar opportunity arises I would have a better grasp on
structuring the experience. However, this went very well.)
As the teachers sat and stitched while we discussed ideas, one comment came
up several times in each small group — "This is very relaxing!” Often the men
were the first to make that comment.
Megan closed the session by thanking all the makers and asking the group if
they had any feedback about the session. Some general comments were made by the
teachers along with three specific comments directed specifically to the TNNA
maker experience: ”It is wonderful to see that there are people willing to
share their abilities and materials without asking for anything in return. And
wonderful to see people excited by what they do!”
A (male) history teacher noted: ”I’m definitely going to use some of the
needlearts ideas with my classes. I can see where it would be very helpful in
understanding the cultural aspects of history.”
Another teacher commented (sort of the reverse): ”Almost all my teaching is
hands-on, but I can see now how to draw history and science into these
When Megan asked the group what they were most likely to use, the majority
mentioned the needlearts followed by the weaving project.
Thank you again for asking me to participate in this seminar on behalf of
TNNA. And thanks also for the opportunity to help with the Maker Faire
activities. It is really a great experience!
———————- We thank you, Suzanne!