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Maker Portfolio Workshops

When today’s students finish school, they are likely to have “portfolio careers” in which they juggle multiple projects for multiple employers across multiple disciplines. What they’ll need to succeed in such an environment will not be resumes but portfolios.

Showing what they’ve done (rather than where they’ve studied or worked) will help them demonstrate their capabilities and stand out from the crowd. This is why selective universities and employers are now asking applicants to submit portfolios, not just resumes and transcripts.

  • What should “maker portfolios” show?
  • Why should they NOT include school-assigned projects?
  • What should you include instead and how should you talk about them?

I can address these questions and more through presentations, workshops, and consultations with schools.

A 1 hour presentation and Q&A on the importance of “maker portfolios,” why they’re important, what they should show, how they’re different from school portfolios, and some good examples of portfolios made by youth.

Workshop 1: Portfolio Design
Students are guided through a series of hands-on activities to design their own portfolio. They begin to draft their bio and curate projects (as well as related assets) that will go into their portfolio. They will also brainstorm future projects that can support their “maker identity.”

Workshop 2: Portfolio Creation
Once students have gathered content for their portfolio, this workshop helps them select an ideal format and guides them in creating their first draft. Digital formats may include PowerPoint, Keynote, various platforms, as well as WordPress.

Workshop 3: Portfolio Makeover
Students are guided through a peer review of their portfolio to receive feedback on how to improve its message, its look, and its future direction. They can also use this workshop to translate their existing school or maker portfolio to a very specific audience (i.e., MIT’s admissions committee).