Matt Zigler - Makerspace, Interdisciplinary Studies, Design Thinking

I’m Matt Zigler and I am a teacher, artist, and maker. I am currently the Bullis Innovation and Technology Lab (BITlab) Coordinator at Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. In this role, I work with students and teachers to bring design thinking and the Maker process into traditional content area classes, teach Maker related classes, and oversee a state of the art Makerspace and Fab Lab. I have presented on how to design and build a Makerspace that meets the needs of your school, how to create a culture of Making and innovation, and how to develop Maker programming for all levels of ability, K-12. The school Maker movement fosters creative problem solving, collaboration skills, technology and innovation skills, and an understanding of what it takes to make ideas into reality. These are the skills that students graduating today will need in the 21st-century jobs of tomorrow that haven’t even been created yet.

I hold a Master’s degree in Fine Arts and taught art in a variety of schools before starting my first Makerspace. I have taught at small and large schools, schools for students with learning disabilities, and traditional private schools. I have built a Makerspace on a budget of $10,000 and one on a budget of $100,000. No matter the size of the space or the number of tools, the learning that takes place in a Makerspace can be life-changing for many students.

My background as an artist has helped me come up with creative solutions to all sorts of problems, and I love working with teachers and administrators to come up with a strategy for building a Maker program that meets the needs of their students. Check out some of my articles about school Makerspace here!

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  1. Student-Centered Character: Lausanne Learning Consultants always keep each student at the center of the conversation in imagining what “could be” from “what is”
  2. Sustaining Character: Lausanne Learning Consultants are focused on working with the school to implement practices that can be sustained over the long term to support the school’s mission
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Matt Zigler

BITlab Coordinator

Bullis School

10601 Falls Rd

Potomac, Maryland 20854



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