Tricia Edwards on How to Spark Inquiry Learning

Recently, Sarah Hanawald, Executive Director of ATLIS, had the opportunity to interview Tricia Edwards, Head of Education for the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History. Edwards, who will present the Tuesday Keynote for our annual conference, shared her back story as an educator and the evolution of the SparkLabs at the Smithsonian. View the video of their conversation for a sneak peak into our offerings for the ATLIS Annual Conference in April. -- SD

(5-minute read; video)

In this interview, Tricia Edwards shares how the Smithosonian's Draper Spark!Lab grew out of a desire to engage kids and families with hands-on invention. Not only does the exhibit provide materials and flexible space for exploring an inventor's mindset, but it provides a prototype for maker spaces and innovation centers around the world. 

How to Spark Inquiry Learning with Tricia Edwards, ATLIS keynote speaker from Sarah Hanawald on Vimeo.

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