Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT

Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT

Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT,  is an educator, historian, writer, maker, and speaker. She has almost three decades of experience in education, program development, and the arts and has worked with both small and large organizations to create educational programming that centers and connects the learner to concepts and skills. She has taught in classrooms and in private workshops, mentored other educators, and worked for and with many museums including the Smithsonian. Samantha recently released her co-authored book, Project-Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact, and she is currently working on a new world history curriculum for Pandia Press as well as a collection of project-based book studies centered on the Harry Potter series. Samantha has two teens and one preteen, all home educated; the oldest of whom has recently fledged into college. To see her past and current projects, including her blog, please visit

October 24, 2020
1:40pm EST/10:40am PST

Home-Making: Building and Using a Home-Based Makerspace

Making is a culture in which people embrace the idea of DIY and use both traditional skills and technologically innovative methods to create new things or repurpose old things. The Maker Movement isn’t new, but every year sees it grow more as families become interested in learning new skills and integrating maker education into their children’s learning. Join Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT, and her partner, Chris Cook, for a workshop on creating a makerspace at home on any budget, finding resources to learn new knowledge and skills, connecting maker education to traditional subjects, and brainstorming project ideas!

Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT, and her partner, Chris Cook, have been a part of the Maker community for as long as either of them can remember. In addition to their personal projects, they have both founded, directed, or consulted on many community makerspaces. In particular, they co-founded Curiosity Hacked together, a non-profit workshop for kids and families, where they built international learning communities and pushed the boundaries of what learner-centered, alternative STEAM education could look like. Both Samantha and Chris have been invited to speak at many Maker Faires and related events, and Samantha has given professional development workshops all over the world on maker education. They live in the Rocky Mountains with their 3 kids, all home educated; the oldest of whom has recently fledged into college, two dogs, where they have built their own home makerspace.