We work with schools, libraries, and other educational institutions to build makerspaces and enable maker-centered learning. Some clients and testimonials:
"Margalus, LLC did an amazing job with our Maker Space Family Night. Sarah and Jayson worked with our accelerated learners and their families engaging participants in building a scribble machine, using silkscreen to print a logo on t-shirts, and exploring digital making on computers. It was truly a fun, collaborative learning experience filled with critical and creative thinking!" - Teacher from Palos School District 118
Jay Margalus is an educator, hacker, and interactive 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 given keynote speeches on the philosophy of making at conferences such as the AMA Change MedEd Conference, Chicago Public Schools Techtalk + Googlepalooza, Caterpillar Innovation Conference, and the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs.
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.
Activate your school, community, or business by organizing your makerspace with a sustainable and grassroots approach. Align learning standards and organizational goals and values with makercentered learning. Get the right tools for your space, and your community. Our services include: