Jay Margalus is a game developer, hacker, and designer. He is the Faculty Director of the DePaul University makerspace IRL, where his research explores emerging technology, game design, and tinkering. Jay also cofounded the hackerspace Workshop 88, and is the president of the non-profit makerspace SpaceLab in Mokena, IL. He is a founder and board member of Chicago Southland Maker Faire. Jay has spoken on making and emerging technology at conferences and events such as the AMA Change MedEd Conference, Chicago Public Schools Techtalk + Googlepalooza, Caterpillar Innovation Conference, O’Reilly Strata Hadoop World, the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs, and more.
Sarah is an instructional coach, reading specialist, and maker. She uses her literacy expertise and knowledge of best instructional practices to increase student performance through presentations, coaching, and curriculum development. Most recently, she presented at Chicago Public Schools Techtalk + Googlepalooza and the Southland Learning Conference about how educators can support educational making experiences with learning standards from a various content areas, rather than just focusing on science and technology. She works with her community through programming at SpaceLab in Mokena, IL and serving as a Girl Scout troop leader.
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