Meet our fabulous team of #LadyMaker instructors!
Lindsay Balfour is a paper engineer and designer who explores the mechanics of paper used in pop-up design, paper craft, and sculpture. She integrates electronics in her work to showcase technology as a tool and material to enhance ideas for creative expression. As an educator and artist, her work is an example of the intersection between fine art, physical computing, and fabrication techniques. Currently Lindsay is an Educator at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco as the Innovation and Tech Specialist teaching coding experiences for school field trips and building workshops exploring educational hardware technologies. She also writes projects for Chibitronics and articles for educators to explore educational art + technology ideas in their space.
Allison Berman is a Gallery Programs Specialist at The Tech Museum of Innovation, where she designs and facilitates hands-on engineering challenges and workshops. She focuses on digital fabrication and creative coding, with an emphasis on 3D design and printing. She has worked in science and maker education for over eight years on both sides of the country. Allison holds a B.A. with Honors in Molecular Biology, and Masters of Professional Studies with a focus in Interactive Telecommunications. She is passionate about engaging people in all forms of learning and connecting abstract concepts with everyday examples.
Lauren Cage is a Gallery Programs Specialist for the Tech Museum of Innovation, where she designs and facilitate hands-on, STEAM programming and workshops, with an emphasis on design challenge learning. She is also the Curriculum Designer for the Washington Maker Workshop, which offers free after school maker classes to kids in low income areas. Lauren holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and is co-founder of Tinker Belles with Erin Salter.
Christa Flores managed the iLab for Making at the Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, California. She taught 5th grade problem based science in a classroom designed for analog and digital making. Christa is a 2014 Stanford FabLearn Fellow who has blogged and written articles about her experiences in the iLab and has presented her questions and observations at conferences about the link between progressive education and the Maker Movement.
Tenaya Hurst is a Maker. With a degree from Indiana University in theatre, geology, and anthropology, she is self taught in many maker skills. To go Rogue, take a workshop with Tenaya. She has her own presenting style that gives young Makers a healthy struggle while learning how to program, solder, and sew with electronics. Her goal is to inspire kids everywhere to try electrical engineering. Learn more in the Intel MakeHers report, in a tell-all article by Dale Dougherty, and www.RogueMaking.com.
Sam King is Sam King is a maker educator, STEAM education consultant, curriculum developer, and all around MacGyver with duct tape and cardboard! Sam got her start in Maker Education by launching the YWCA Silicon Valley TechGYRLS Maker Program and is the creator and co-founder of the Los Gatos Maker Workshop series. When not busy making things with her boys, Sam can be found running, reading, and coaching soccer.
Bridget Rigby partners with schools, museums, and other innovative learning organizations to develop, launch, and scale design-based learning programs that further the innovation learning movement. She’s developed her passion and purpose through leadership roles at SCORE!, Galileo Learning, and The Tech Museum of Innovation. She loves team-building and leading people of all ages through design challenges, and really believes in the power of design-based learning to gear people’s mindsets towards creative problem solving, collaboration, and fearless innovation.
Erin Salter is a science writer and co-founder of Tinker Belles. Tinker Belles runs workshops in which kids work with simple circuits as well as traditional craft media (e.g. paper, felt, glitter) to bring their visions to life. As a science writer, Erin worked at Owen Software, writing about STEM events, careers, and education for the educational tool Pathevo. Erin holds a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Corinne Okada Takara is a Bay Area artist/arts educator who creates technology integrated art projects. Her public collaborative work explores the use of modern day products to preserve cultural heritage and memory, and honors the colliding and merging stories that arise in rapidly shifting communities. The workshops Corinne designs for museums, libraries, K-12 classrooms and colleges foster creative confidence; they encourage us to see ourselves as drivers of culture and technology. By engaging in maker activities taking shape in public spaces, we can share creative ideas that impact our world and increase our collective civic engagement. Learn more about Corinne’s work at Okada Design.
Women in Photonics, Silicon Valley is a group started by and composed of women representing the vibrant and diverse work force of Silicon Valley from both industry and academia, specifically in the field of optics and photonics. This is a completely voluntary effort, driven by the passion and enthusiasm of its members.