Instrument Maker Camp - for Teachers Only!

Monday, July 20, 2015 to Thursday, July 23, 2015
Location & Time: 

ICAT at the Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, 9 AM to 4 PM*

Cost: $175 includes make-and-take and lunches 



Are you interested in

·      understanding the acronyms and how the subjects work together?

·      seeing how the arts can be used to contextualize your SOL content?

·      identifying ways to engage students with multiple interests?

·      spending time being creative while earning 3 units of continuing education credit?


Join us for our inaugural Instrument Maker Camp for Teachers.

Due to overwhelming success of our student instrument maker camp*, we are offering the same experience for teachers! Come and see what the buzz is all about. We will explore design, discovery, and creativity as we combine computer science, engineering, the arts, and design. No previous experience in any of these areas is needed. Join us in a safe, environment where risk-taking and failure are encouraged.


Need some convincing? Take a look at some of our thoughts on why YOU belong at Maker Camp.


We fully admit and embrace that our camp is not designed for any specific group of teachers (i.e., elementary science teachers or high school math teachers). We recognize the power in integrative learning and collaborative problem solving. We believe in giving learners the time, space, and permission to think and create.  You’ll have the opportunity to explore and learn in this kind of classroom.

I teach 7th grade language arts.  How does this camp help me?

The camp is a model of a different kind of classroom. External motivation comes from a final public show instead of a grade. Cooperation, collaboration, and process skills are valued as much as the final products of the camp. The camp will introduce you to cutting edge technologies and thought processes for combining the old with the new.  

Parts of the camp directly address English SOLs 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, and 7.4. Oral verbal and nonverbal communication are major skills that are developed and used in the camp experience. To develop media literacy skills, campers will draft, edit, and publish a documentary film of their process during the camp. Campers will learn specialized vocabulary of music, math, and computer programming.


I teach art/music at the middle school level.  How does this camp help me?

As we embrace a more integrative exploration of our creative, artistic nature, let’s focus on ways to infuse science, design, and technology into our lessons. Visual Arts Standard 8.2 outlines the development of art and the principles of design.  Goals are to select and use art media, subject matter, and symbols for expression and communication; demonstrate understanding of and apply the elements of art and the principles of design and the ways they are used in the visual arts; solve visual arts problems with originality, flexibility, fluency, and imagination. A related standard is the Mathematics Standard 8.3, which identifies solving practical problems involving rational numbers, percents, ratios, and proportions.  

Music Standard MS.9 identifies and compares relationships between music and other disciplines.  As students demonstrate relationships between music, history, aesthetics, they also explore wavelength, frequency, speed, resonance, and the technological applications of sound established in Science Standard PS.8.


I teach high school Biology. How does this camp help me?

This camp is designed to encourage exploration and experience in working, safely, in a collaborative design space. Similar to a science laboratory, campers will use sophisticated technologies found in many of our STEM and FabLabs. This camp will introduce and refine lab safety, strategies for communication in shared spaces, and identify appropriate tools and materials needed to reach goals. In addition, through the process documentation and critique segments, campers will gain experience in developing effective presentations to include in defense of their design decisions, explanation of failures, and description of how those failures contributed to persistence through a challenge.


Questions?  Contact Liesl Baum (    


*All teachers attending the Teacher Instrument Maker Camp are invited to join us, free of charge, as facilitators or observers during the Student Instrument Maker Camp the following week.