NJEA Makerspace

NJEA Maker Space

Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presenters: Daniel Borghoff, Meredith Martin, Marcos Navas, Steve Isaacs, Rebecca Mclelland-Crawley, and  Ariel Goldstein
The NJEA MakerSpace is all about showing what is possible in your classroom. While the Maker Movement has been growing all over the world for years, it has only recently been gaining ground in schools. The focus on STEM/STEAM-based education has never been more intense, and we consistently find ourselves trying to develop new and interesting ways to engage our students. Come play in our MakerSpace and make it your own. Come build with us and discover what is possible in a classroom. Come learn how enjoyable hands-on learning can be and how much both the teacher and student can take away from the experience.

STEAM Tank Theater

Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(STEAM Tank student winners announced Thursday at 2 p.m.)

Presenters: SFC Josh Simpson, U.S. Army iSTEAM Specialist, and John Henry, STEAM and Sustainable Schools Specialist New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA)
STEAM Tank, co-created by NJSBA and the U.S. Army, intentionally places students in the role of problem solvers. It is modeled after the popular television show “Shark Tank.” Students are tasked to invent something new, modify an existing product, or identify a situation or real world problem that needs resolution. STEAM Tank challenges students to be innovative and to think like inventors and entrepreneurs.

NJSBA, the U.S. Army, NJEA and others are collaborating with a common goal for STEAM Tank: improve student achievement. The STEAM Tank finals will be held at NJSBA annual Workshop on Oct. 24 and 25. The winners will be announced at the NJEA convention in the STEAM Tank Theater on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. Be sure to visit the STEAM Tank Theater and see the ingenuity of our student entrepreneurs.

Code Combat             

CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing a real game using real code. At CodeCombat, we believe programming is magic. It’s the ability to create things from pure imagination. We started CodeCombat to give learners the feeling of wizardly power at their fingertips by using typed code.

Our courses have been specifically play-tested to excel in the classroom, even for teachers with little to no prior programming experience. Curriculum and in-class activities are available through or Teacher Dashboard. CodeCombat aligns with non-language specific CS Principles.

Come visit us in the Digital Boulevard for demonstrations of the CodeCombat platform and Teacher Dashboard. Learn how you can use CodeCombat even if you’re not experienced with programming yourself!