Ep. 35: Sylvia and Tinkering

Contributed by Gabriel Carillo 

Happy New Year! In the first episode of a two part FETC series, I chat with Sylvia Martinez, co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. We discuss the importance of tinkering in the classroom, her presentations at FETC, and food. Make sure you follow Sylvia on Twitter and check out her books. If you are planning on attending FETC, check out her sessions and chat with her afterwards. Read more.


Featured FETC Speakers:

Gabriel Carrillo

Instructional Technology Specialist
North East Independent School District

Gabriel Carrillo is an Educational Technology Specialist. He currently supports teachers with all of their EdTech needs in the classroom including troubleshooting, planning lessons/units with teachers, modeling lessons for teachers, and providing professional development. He’s presented at various AZTEA conferences in Arizona as well as FETC in 2016. In addition to this, he also is the creator and host of the EdTech Bites Podcast where he has blended his two passions, Educational Technology and food. He is an ambassador for Nearpod, Flipgrid, GoFormative, Hoonuit, and SMART.


Sylvia Martinez

Invent To Learn

Sylvia Martinez is co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom helping teachers bring the exciting tools and technology of the modern world to classrooms. She advocates for student-centered project-based learning with an emphasis on STEAM for all.

Sylvia is principal advisor to the Stanford University FabLearn Fellows, a group of global educators researching and developing hands-on, minds-on projects and curriculum. She also ran educational non-profits and headed product development for consumer software, video games, and educational games at several software publishing companies.

Martinez started her career designing high frequency receiver systems and software for GPS navigational satellites. She holds a masters in educational technology and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering.