Design Do Discover 2019
Kick off your summer with other FABulous MAKER educators!

This workshop is for educators who are passionate about student-centered, constructionist learning and interested in the practical implementation of hands-on projects in the K-12 setting. In particular, the focus is on empowering participants to become joyful maker educators and to imagine how they can integrate making into the daily life of their school setting.
Participants will:
  • Collaborate with others to identify, ideate, and prototype hands-on projects relevant to your teaching, with guidance from our team of coaches
  • Gain hands-on experience with some of the major tools of a maker lab, ranging from "low tech" materials to laser cutters, 3D printers, and programmable microcontrollers
  • Attend pop-up sessions, taught by our wonderful team of coaches, to get an introduction to some maker tools/techniques/skills
  • Meet like-minded educators and become part of a community of maker educators
Note: We welcome all educators, whether they have access to professional development funds at their school or not; therefore, some financial support will be available to those who apply, and we will try to accommodate as many requests as possible.
Marymount School of New York and Castilleja School co-present

Design Do Discover

June 20 - 21, 2019
Site Visits on June 22, 2019

Marymount School
116 East 97th Street
New York, NY

Organizing committee:
Elaine Park - Director of Bourn Idea Lab, Castilleja School

Jaymes Dec - Innovation Chair, Marymount School of New York
Design Do Discover is not your typical conference.

Rather than sitting and listening to presentations, attendees are expected to be active participants and will be working in small teams to design and build projects for two full days. You DO NOT need to have prior experience with the tools of a maker lab, but you DO need to arrive ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. This conference is for you if you think collaborating with colleagues in a fast-moving, slightly messy, and at times chaotic environment sounds really fun!

During the two days, you also have the option to attend pop-up sessions that introduce various maker tools/techniques/skills. BUT, we are intentionally not releasing a list of topics for these sessions for two reasons:

1) Sessions will be held based on participant interest, i.e. we want to know what you want to learn instead of us telling you what you should learn
2) The point of D3 is NOT to attend these sessions all day long!

The main goal of the two days is to construct your own knowledge through hands-on project work individually or in small groups. We believe that your project should guide what tools/skills/techniques you learn instead of the other way around. Please do not come to Design Do Discover expecting to attend these pop-up sessions for two full days. We have an incredible crew of coaches, and you will certainly learn a lot even if you do not end up taking any pop-up sessions!

1. How much does it cost?

Registration Fee: $450
School Registration (Five or more educators) $400 per educator
This registration fee includes participation in the workshop and pop-up sessions, breakfast and lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Dinner is not included. Some financial assistance will be available for educators without access to professional development funds. Application for financial assistance is part of the main registration form.
2. How do I register for Design Do Discover?

Registration opens on February 1. Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Once we have processed your registration and confirmed that there is space for you, we will send you a confirmation email with a link to submit payment and a deadline by which to do so. If you do not submit valid payment by the deadline, your spot will be given away to the next person on our waiting list. If all spaces have been filled, we will notify you by email that you are currently on a waiting list and you will be informed if spots become available.

For educators who want to pay together (e.g. a group coming from the same school), you can submit payment for all attendees on a single payment form. Just make sure everyone from your group has received confirmation that they have been officially accepted into the conference first.

3. What do I need to know when making travel plans?

Marymount School’s 97th Street Campus is located at 116 E 97th Street, between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The closest airports is LaGuardia Airport (LGA) with Kennedy Airport (JFK) and Newark-Liberty (EWR) also in the tri-state area. There are airport shuttles and taxis available from all airports that can take you to Manhattan. The Newark AirTrain connects you to NJ Transit, while the JFK AirTrain connects you to the NYC subway.

The following hotels are in close proximity to our 97th Street Campus:
4. What if I have a question that hasn't been answered yet?
No worries, we're here for you! Send an email to Jaymes (