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Taking Making into Classrooms: Summer Institute and Participatory Design Conference

July 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am - July 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Be involved in developing new ways to bring experiential ocean education into your classroom! This fully funded* 3-day intensive conference will connect you with experts working in ocean industries like marine renewable energy, robotics, sensors, aquaculture and ship/boat building. Help elevate learning in Ocean STEM by participating in design thinking activities led by Dr. Susan Crichton, a pioneer in the field of Makerspace Methodology, and Dr. Sherry Scully from the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship. Come help us connect youth to the broad possibilities of our Ocean! 


This innovative, hands-on conference is changing the way teachers bring the ocean to life in the classroom. This three day conference will include an introduction to the principles of the Maker methodology, design thinking activities, and content building activities. All participants will have an opportunity to take home the Ocean Toolkit version 1, and other resources, and contribute to the development of the Ocean Toolkit version 2. Come network with your colleagues and regional experts whose lives and passions orient around the ocean.

Important Details:

Fully Funded: What does this mean for you? This means that your hotel, meals* during the conference, mileage to the conference and all materials are completely covered. This also includes a dinner at COVE on the Dartmouth waterfront, with a choice between different ocean-related hands on activities.

*3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner is included. Attendees will be in charge of their own dinner on Tuesday July 16th.

Milieage: Mileage will be provided to individuals outside of the HRM from their local school to the Delta Hotel.

Accomodations: For those outside of HRM, a room can be provided (free of charge for you) the night before the conference begins (Sunday July 14th, 2019). Hotel for the night of Monday July 15th and Tuesday July 16th will be provided to all participants. If you require accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact the hotel directly and secure your room with a credit card. If you need to cancel your attendance, please ensure you cancel your accommodations as well, otherwise your credit card will be charged. If you plan to share a room (and know who it is), just one of you will need to call to secure the room. If you would like a single room, there will be cost to you of $80.00 + HST/night that will be billed to you upon check-in.

For questions regarding registration, please contact Alexia at

For all other inquiries, please contact Anna Naylor at or 902-266-2680.


July 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am
July 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm


Delta Hotels by Marriott Dartmouth
240 Brownlow Ave Dartmouth
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B3B 1X6 Canada
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