# Week 5 - Field Activity I

# Class Presentation

# Real World Talk (Kristin Burrus)



Kristin Burrus is a FabLearn Fellow with 23 years of experience in education. From 2017 to 2019, as a Fab Lab Specialist in a K-12 public magnet school, she developed and facilitated problem-based learning and design thinking units for elementary, middle, and high school students integrating digital fabrication into content classes. In August 2019, she became the Digital Fabrication Ecosystem Lead at STEM School Chattanooga, providing professional development and support for digital fabrication teachers in the district. In March 2021, Kristin became the lead teacher in the Global Center for Digital Innovation (GCDI), the first K-14 educational Fab Lab in the United States. A collaboration between Hamilton County Schools and Chattanooga State Community College, the GCDI is an anchor for the local Digital Fabrication Ecosystem of ideation (entrepreneurship), creation (digital fabrication), and production (manufacturing). The GCDI provides classes, workshops, and special events for K-12 Hamilton County students, Chattanooga State Community College students, and community members. Kristen works with teachers across the district in school-based Fab Labs along with her work in the GCDI. Accolades include the 2018 Tennessee Southeast Region Teacher of the Year, 2020 Chattanooga “Unsung Tech Hero,” and 2021 Microbit Champions. She holds a BS in Biology and a Masters of Education, is a National Board Certified Teacher, and is a member of the National Paideia Faculty.

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