Thursday Poster

Beyond the Makerspace: A Full-time Maker Education High School

Track: Makerspace

What might happen if the excitement and inspiration of a Makerspace could be spread to an entire school?  The Urban Assembly Maker Academy (UA Maker), a Carnegie Foundation Springpoint School, opened in September 2014 as a partnership of the Urban Assembly and the New York City Department of Education. UA Maker is dedicated to cultivating “Makers”- skilled workers and innovators who solve problems using design- thinking, collaboration, and technology. The session will introduce this unique educational model using a student-produced video and will highlight its design-thinking approach, mastery assessment approach,  and methodology for developing a strong ethos of curiosity, empathy, resilience, self-awareness and risk-taking.

The UA Maker Academy, The Urban Assembly is a NY-based, non-profit organization, whose mission is to empower “underserved students by providing them with the academic and life skills necessary for college and career success” (

Deborah Nagler
Doctorial Candidate, Educational Technology Leadership
New Jersey City University

Deborah Nagler, a candidate for a doctoral degree in Educational Technology Leadership at New Jersey City University, is a veteran educator, administrator, teacher trainer, and lecturer of more than 30 years. Nagler is currently working with the UAMaker Academy as a part of her research on Maker Education in Public High Schools and has a leadership role in the UAMaker Mouse Squad, an extra curricular Technology club.  Nagler serves as an Instructional Designer for online courses at HUC-JIR and is an Adjunct Professor of Technology at Gratz College in Melrose Park, PA.