Poster Session

Introduction to the New Jersey Makerspace Association

Fri, 12:45pm–2:00pm

The New Jersey Makerspace Association is the first statewide makerspace association that actively helps K-12, libraries and communities make makerspaces and curriculum. In addition, through its partnership with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the NJMA researches the unlimited synergies with education at all levels, including K-12 STEM, Vo-Tech, Adult, and Workforce Development training.

The New Jersey Makerspace Association has completed its first full year of active making and doing, and happy to share our results! Come learn how we’re working with great organizations such as Boys and Girls Club, Goodwill, workforce development, and others for novel makerspace centric curriculum and programs.

Carter, Stephen

Stephen “Skip” Carter is the Co-Director of the New Jersey Makerspace Association and the Director of The Rutgers Center for Innovation Education (RIE). Mr. Carter helped establish many major initiatives at Rutgers, including two (2) professional and continuing education units and the first makerspace at Rutgers. Prior to continuing education, Mr. Carter served as Director of Technical Operations for the Center for Advanced Information Processing (CAIP), a nationally renowned research center based at Rutgers. In the nearly 25 years in that position, he participated in many distinguished “firsts” for Rutgers technological advancements including installing the University’s first computer network, first internet connection and gateway (a homemade router utilizing directions from a small two person company now known as cisco). Later he led Rutgers into world class computing power in establishing one of the world’s largest multi-processing systems and a few years later, Rutgers first supercomputer. Mr. Carter is also a successful entrepreneur, having owned several retail businesses, as well as a custom real estate development company building condominiums at the southern New Jersey shore. He lives in Montgomery Township with his wife and two children.