EdExchange empowers educators to use technology and innovative practices in diverse learning environments to inspire students in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. This program develops educators’ capacity to deliver and support high-quality, STEAM-based, and technology-centered educational experiences for underserved youth to equip and inspire them to become the next generation of creative problem solvers.

Educators in the EdExchange program will experience 12–18 hours of hands-on professional development workshops at Thinkery, where they collaborate with museum staff, subject matter experts, and each other. Thinkery then provides the opportunity for 6–8 weeks of on-campus collaboration to support educators as they implement STEAM-based activities and lessons with their students. At the end of the EdExchange program, educators convene at a showcase to “exchange” ideas, share lessons, and learn from one another.

Recommended for educators working with elementary-age students, this application-based program is offered at no cost to participants, with preference given to educators serving in Title I schools or low-income communities. It is a multi-month to year-long commitment.

Watch EdExchange in action in the classrooms!


EdExchange 2019–2020

This program includes:

  • 18 - 21 hours of professional development at Thinkery
  • Refreshments and parking validation
  • Opportunity for Thinkery visits to your campus in Spring 2020 (Contingent on capacity and location) 
  • Invitations to EdExchange showcases, meetups, & networking events
  • …and all at no cost to you, thanks to our generous supporters.

Mark your calendars:

Fall EdExchange PD workshops (all workshops 6 PM–9 PM at Thinkery): 

      • September 4 — Convergence: EdExchange Kick-off
      • September 11 — Electricity & Circuits
      • September 25 — The Way Things Go: Moving Parts
      • October 9 — Play, Program, & Create
      • October 23 — Storytelling for All
      • November 6 — Engineering & Design Challenges
      • November 13 — How to Have an Idea: Design Process & Thinking
  • Spring EdExchange Showcase (at Thinkery): May 13, 2020 (6 PM–8 PM)

Applications for the 2019–2020 EdExchange cohort have closed. Stay tuned for Summer 2020 applications!


What is EdExchange like? What would it look like in my classroom?

It's a blast! Explore the EdExchange program through the various experiences of Thinkery staff, museum interns and program participants:

Spring 2018 EdExchange – Session One

Thinkery EdExchange: A Fall Full of Fun and Learning

Thinkery EdExchange: Interview with Eva Rosenthal

Thinkery EdExchange: Interview with Scott Mann

Is there specific criteria for participating in EdExchange?

All program participants must:

  • Instruct students in 1st–5th grade (preferred)
  • Demonstrate a desire to advance their experience teaching STEAM concepts and technology
  • Express an interest in supporting student learning through project based learning and hands-on activities
  • Be able to attend professional development workshops at Thinkery and invite Thinkery staff to your campus
  • Be employed at an educational nonprofit organization or campus within a 10 mile radius of Thinkery

What skills will my students build?

Students who participate in EdExchange will strengthen Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills and 21st-century learning skills through STEAM-focused experiences.

  • Information, Media and Technology
    • EdExchange students move beyond media consumption by creating projects that integrate technology, making and academic content.
  • Communication and Collaboration
    • Student projects are complex systems typically created by teams of individuals. Participants can speak to the benefits of working with others.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • EdExchange educators often challenge their students to complete projects intended to serve a need or solve a challenge.
  • Creativity and Innovation
    • During EdExchange programming, many students first engage with a new concept by learning through exploration and an iterative design process.

Can I earn CPE credit through EdExchange?

Yes! EdExchange participants do earn continuing professional education (CPE) credit through the program.

Do you offer additional workshops for educators?

We do! Thinkery offers Educator Workshops and custom professional development opportunities throughout the year. Click here to explore our additional options!

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Thinkery’s EdExchange program is generously supported by:

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This program is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Grant for Technology Opportunities Program