​​Where would our great nation be today without the innovative contributions of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington Carver and Henry Ford? The Maker Movement, an umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers, is celebrated nationally June 17-23 as the National Week of Making to foster artistic development and encourage more Americans to design, build and manufacture.

Sonoma State University is a leader in the Maker Movement, offering an innovative Maker Educator Certificate program for new teachers in concert with local educational agencies and K-12 school districts. The White House-recognized certificate program trains teachers to effectively establish a MakerSpace on their campus - a designated area that provides students with the materials and equipment to conceive, collaborate and learn through building their own innovations. Teachers certified as a Maker Educator have the knowledge and ability to offer ways to enhance learning in the classroom through hands-on making. The Maker Movement offers engaging strategies for implementing the state’s new standards in science and for highlighting engineering design.

The CSU is a leader in teacher preparation, producing the largest number of STEM teachers in the nation. The university’s commitment to implementing the new generation of math and science standards in the classroom has led to partnerships with Digital Promise, Maker Ed and Chevron, who all share the same vision in incorporating the Maker Movement into STEM education.