Be involved in bringing the Maker Program to your classroom. Using an ocean theme to teach the program, material will link to curriculum and STEM concepts for your grade level. Led by Dr. Susan Crichton, a pioneer in the field, and Dr. Sherry Scully, Director of the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise, come see why the Maker Program is becoming a must within the schools!



This innovative, hands-on methodology is changing the way teachers teach in the classroom. This two day conference will include the principles of the Maker program and provide the materials required to take it back to your school. As the theme is ocean, experts in the marine industry will be on site to provide support on the various ocean topics and to network with you! Opportunities for presentations and resources for you and your students will also be provided throughout the conference.

We are at capacity - registration is now closed. If you would like to be on a wait-list please email


Dr. Susan Crichton Dr. Sherry Scully

Dr. Susan Crichton

Susan is currently the associate dean of the Faculty of Education at UBC Okanagan.  She is a passion educator with years of K-12 experience in making and design thinking.  Her research interests include fostering creativity and imagination using design thinking and making; the use of design thinking as a research approach for school innovation and community activism; and the development of makerspaces for both schools ad communities.  She has a passion for global learning and working in challenging contexts as evidenced by her work in rural Australia, Bhutan, western China, Chile, and Africa – both East and South.

Dr. Sherry Scully

Sherry Scully joined the IORE team as the Director, Learning & Organizational Development. In this role Sherry leads initiatives under the mandate of the Marine People Partnership relating to human resources development. 

This coast to coast to coast initiative is intended to benefit the national marine industry through enriched training programs, new marine-focused institutions, improved youth engagement, and increased connectivity to the marine industry. Greater integration of research and education will result in a skilled, highly capable, and adaptable workforce available to meet the demands of an innovative industry.

Sherry holds an interdisciplinary PhD in social psychology and management from Dalhousie University. She completed her doctoral research examining social cohesion resistance amongst knowledge workers during a merger or acquisition. Sherry strives to combine scholarly insight and research with practical advice based on real world experience. Sherry also holds an MBA from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, and an undergraduate degree in Education from Ryerson University.

A strong advocate for learning, Sherry volunteers with educational development efforts internationally.


Important Details

Cost Location Date


This is a fully funded event!

What does this mean for you? This means that your hotel, meals during the conference, mileage to the conference and all materials are completely covered. This also includes a networking dinner at the Wooden Monkey on the Dartmouth waterfront and a tour at the newly opened Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship. 


The conference will be held at the:

Delta Hotels by Marriott Dartmouth
240 Brownlow Ave
Dartmouth, NS
B3B 1X6

Mileage will be provided to individuals outside of the HRM from their local school to the Delta Hotel. For those outside of HRM, a room can be provided (free of charge for you) the night before the conference begins (Sunday July 15th, 2018). Hotel for the night of Monday July 16th will be provided to all participants. The rooms are based on double occupancy, and you will be placed with another attendee. On the registration form, if you would like to indicate another attendee you would like to room with, we will do our best to put you in the same room. If you would like a single room, there will be cost to you of $80.00 + HST/night that will be billed to you upon check-in. 



This Conference will take place from Monday July 16th - Tuesday July 17th. 

Please see below for a schedule of the two days: 

We are at capacity - registration is now closed. If you would like to be on a wait-list please email

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Anna Naylor