Science Museum Oklahoma is hosting its 2nd annual Convening of Makers and Educators presented by Oklahoma EPSCoR!

June 3 - 4, 2022

This weekend will provide STEAM educators, artists and makers an opportunity inspire and be inspired as they connect to share ideas and resources. You'll be part of a creative community that will learn, laugh and explore great ideas together. This year the keynote address will be delivered by internationally recognized Toy Coach, Azhelle Wade. More information is available at the bottom of this page. Hurry, registration is limited and closes soon!

Registration is only $15 and includes all meals and activities.

In addition, all attendees will receive a $15 voucher to be used at the museum's Science Shop.

You must attend the conference to receive the voucher.

A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information call 405-602-6664.

 

Registration is now closed. 

Friday, June 3 | 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Casual Meet and Greet

Participating makers and educators who would like to bring a project, whether completed or even in-progress, are welcome to bring their work and set it up on a provided table for others to see and discuss.  Informal by design, the evening will provide a platform for makers and artists to share techniques, innovations and new media and craft processes.  Dinner will be provided to participants and we'll end the evening with a special community activity to kick-off the weekend!

Attendees will receive a $15 voucher to the museum's Science Shop, so don't miss this fun evening of food, friends and inspiration!

Saturday, June 4 | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sessions and Presentations

The morning will kick off with an assembly and keynote by Azhelle Wade before breaking out into smaller sessions focused on providing tools to educators in ways that making, tinkering and problem-solving through STEAM can be used in school makerspaces, classrooms, libraries and informal settings. Lunch will be provided.

Don't forget to visit the Science Shop to use your $15 voucher...new merchandise is arriving all the time and our gardens team is keeping the shelves stocked with beautiful plants!

Azhelle Wade photo

Keynote Speaker: Azhelle Wade

Azhelle's been having way too much fun in the toy industry over the past 10 years working for companies like Toys R Us, Party City, and Madame Alexander, just to name a few! She's climbed up and across the ladder in the toy world, starting out as a designer, later gaining 3 toy patents, and eventually becoming a VP at a toy company.

But, after building and mentoring a diverse and talented team toward success, she had the vision to do the same with newcomers to the toy industry. With that thought, Azhelle combined her industry knowledge, inspirational mantras, and extra passionate toy talks to create the now highly rated toy podcast, Making It In The Toy Industry.

Today Azhelle is known industry-wide as The Toy Coach. She joyfully works as a consultant for popular IP’s and toy companies of all sizes. Her online course, Toy Creators Academy empowers newbies in the toy industry with step-by-step guidance, downloadable worksheets, and group coaching.

Azhelle’s mantra for her followers is, make it toyetic!

Learn more about Azhelle at:

The Toy Coach | Toy Industry Tips and Advice For Toy People | Toy Inventors and Entrepreneurs