e3STEAM – Enable Educators Exchange


The goals of the #e3STEAM •  e-NABLE Educators’ Exchange are:

• To provide an opportunity for a global community of like-minded educators who will collaborate with each other and share e-NABLE inspired ideas, experiences, curriculum, and best practices through online discussions and an open-source file repository.

• To provide an opportunity for young people to become involved in the e3STEAM and e-NABLE community, thus providing them with an inspirational 21st century model of the power of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, service, and technology.

• To empower young people to become agents of positive change in their own lives and in local and global communities by virtue of their involvement in the building and receiving of 3D printed hands.

• To assist informal and formal education organizations in the creation of 3D printed hands and devices and to get them to those who need them.

With this, we would like to extend an open invitation to all formal and informal education organizations, including but not limited to schools, colleges, after-school programs, clubs, maker groups, summer programs, Scout troops, etc. etc. to become involved in the e-NABLE Educators’ Exchange STEAM.


On August 26th at 7:30PM EST, we will be holding our e-NABLE Educators’ Exchange STEAM Kickoff via a Google Hangout on Air. During this Kickoff, which will be moderated by our e-NABLE Educators’ Exchange STEAM Coordinator Rich Lehrer, we will:

• recap the work being done by e-NABLE and introduce the e-NABLE Educators’ Exchange STEAM and the goals of this initiative.

• hear from educators and organizations who are currently involved with e-NABLE regarding past practices and the future potential of the e3STEAM initiative.

• share the e3STEAM resource repository with observers.

• endeavor to attract new, previously unconnected educational partners to the e-NABLE Educators’ Exchange STEAM network.

• answer participant questions about any of the e3STEAM goals, including those concerning the creation of e-NABLE-related lessons, units, projects, and curriculum documents, contributions to the online repository, the construction of hands, and the logistics involved in matching participants’ organizations with recipients.

Please consider both joining us for this Google Hangout and spreading the word to others about our e-NABLE Educators’ Exchange STEAM.

Please join us at the following link to watch and participate in our kickoff!


Kickoff Participants:

Vance Kite – High School Science Teacher – City of Medicine Academy – Durham, NC. Crowdsourced a 3D printer through Donors Choose. Now involving students in his Public Health class, most of whom are female and minority, in hand printing and assembling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XZdyjCIIDA

Bobbi Seleski – MS Science Teacher, Hastings Middle School – Hastings, MN. Received a grant for her proposal, “Driven by Design: Fabricating the Future at HMS.” Purchased a 3D printer, now developing MS curriculum connecting to e-NABLE. http://bit.ly/1Jjs9LM

Neesha Rahim – Co-Founder – Level Up Village – From website: “Level Up Village (LUV) delivers pioneering Global STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts and math) enrichment courses that promote design thinking and one-to-one collaboration on real-world problems between K-9 students in the U.S. and Global Partner students in developing countries.” http://levelupvillage.com/

Maria EsquelaEducational Consultant, Chaplain, Boy Scouts of America Baltimore Area Council Interfaith Committee Rep, and axis around which all things e-NABLE rotate. Among countless other things, Maria has been leading major hand building events with Scouts and is leading the e3STEAM initiative.  http://enablingthefuture.org/tag/boy-scouts/

Caroline Latham – Math Department Head, Convent of the Sacred Heart – New York, NY. Caroline and her colleagues at CSHNYC have been leading the charge in terms of integrating e-NABLE into classes. CSHNYC is breaking wonderful ground with their curriculum efforts and their commitment to providing deep and meaningful learning experiences for their girls through e-NABLE inspired work. http://enablingthefuture.org/2014/11/08/e-nabling-education-%E2%80%A2-the-convent-of-sacred-heart-school/

Joe Fairley – Siena College – Loudonville, NY. As a senior majoring in physics, last year Joey launched the Siena College Chapter of e-NABLE. Joey is heading off to study biomedical engineering but has much to offer to students of any age who are hoping to launch an e-NABLE program at their educational organization.

Rich Lehrer – 8th Grade Science Teacher – Brookwood School, MA, Buck Institute for Education National Faculty Member, Advisor for WGBH’s Design Squad Global, e-NABLE Educators’ Exchange Coordinator. In 2013 led a project at Brookwood School in which  students build one of the original Robohands for Rich’s son, Max. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/innovative-ed-what-if-thinking-making-room-suzie-boss Has also been “preaching the twin gospels” of e-NABLE and PBL in his capacity as a Project Based Learning workshop facilitator for BIE.    http://bie.org/people/rich_lehrer

Should you have any questions about e-NABLE, our Educators’ Exchange, or the upcoming Kickoff Hangout, please contact our e3STEAM Coordinator directly at E3Coordinator.enable@gmail.com.

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