2017 Makerspace Boot Camp - June 28-30, 2017

Sheri and Shannon

Not your Average Shushers!

Sheri McNair and Shannon Mersand have been presenting together on how to transform learning spaces since 2014. They have presented at Tech & Learning Live NY (2014, 2015, 2016), NYSCATE Hudson Valley Regional Conference (2015, 2016, 2017), Dutchess County BOCES (2015), and NYLA SSL Spring Conference (2015, 2016, 2017).

Sheri McNair is the head of library services for her district, overseeing the library curriculum instruction grades K-12. In addition to teaching information literacy and technology integration at the high school, she also serves on the district’s technology team and the inquiry facilitation team. She has taught many technology integration/social media professional development classes to teachers and fellow librarians, and is in the process of transforming the existing traditional high school library space into a 21st Century Learning Commons. McNair’s library has been featured in Tech & Learning Magazine (New & Improved Libraries, Not your Grandfather's Library, ) McNair is a member of NYSCATE, NYLA/SSL, SLMSSENY, ISTE, and the Orange-Ulster Regional Library Council. She is currently the treasurer of SLMSSENY. She has presented at various venues including the NYSCATE Hudson Valley Regional Conference, Mount Saint Mary College Conference on Literacy, NYS TESOL Conference, NYSEC Annual Conference and the NYLA SSL Spring Conferences. Connect with her on Twitter

Shannon Mersand has been presenting at conferences locally, regionally and statewide since 2004. She is a technology leader and innovator who is dedicated to increasing student achievement through the use of technology and instructional design. She was named the Lee Bryant Outstanding Educator of the year in 2011 by NYSCATE. She is a School Media Specialist, an Adjunct Instructor for University of Wisconsin Stout and University at Albany (teaching courses on integrating MakerSpaces in schools and libraries), a course instructor for Creative Teacher, an Advisor for Tech & Learning Magazine (articles can be found here) and an authorized Google for Education Certified Trainer. Mersand’s MakerSpace has been featured in Tech & Learning Magazine (Making the Grade). Mersand is a member of NYSCATE, NYLA/SSL, SLMSSENY, and ISTE. She is the Technology Chairperson for SLMSSENY. She has presented at various venues including the NYSCATE Hudson Valley Regional Conference, NYSCATE Annual Conference and the NYLA SSL Spring Conferences. Learn more about Shannon Mersand at www.ShannonMersand.com. Connect with her on Twitter

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36 in 6!

Learn 36 Products in 6 Sessions

Explore Making and Makerspaces at this 3 day immersive conference. Participants will learn about 36 maker style activities in 6 hands-on playgrounds, as well as learn the educational theory behind making and Makerspaces, funding opportunities, participate in a grant writing session, learn about assessment in makerspaces, network with colleagues and so much more! Participants will interact with a variety of products that are a perfect fit for Makerspaces.

21 CTLE Hours!

Participants are encouraged to bring new or gently used books to be placed in laundromats throughout our counties as part of a project spearheaded by Thomas Morton, a junior at Yorktown High School. Thomas is starting the New York Chapter of Laundromat Library League. For more information about the Laundromat Library League, visit their website: http://laundromatlibraryleague.org/

Tentative Schedule

Some products that will be explored

3D Scribbler

3D Printers

Bits & Bytes Card Game



Code Master

Clue Master

Hummingbird Duo

K’Nex Maker Set: Wheels, Maker Set: Simple Machines

Lectrify Light It and Shake It

LEGO Simple Machines Set

Let’s Start Coding

littleBits Coding

Little Codr



Osmo Coding

OWI Super Solar recycler

OWI Solar Powered 14-in-1

Ozobot EVO


SAM Labs

SNAP Circuits

Snapino (Snap Circuits)

Sparkle Labs - Discover Electronics

Sparkle Labs - Lunar Lander

Squishy Circuits



Tinkercrate - Paper Circuits and Sewn Circuits

Tinkineer Mini Skate Park

VEX Robotic Hand



Location Information

Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services

5 BOCES Road

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601