Creativity Lab on BlogTalkRadio

January 16, 2015

You may recall that Aaron Vanderwerff, our Creativity Lab Director, was nominated in November for a SmartBrief Educator Award, for his article “Makers in the Classroom: A How-To Guide.” We’re happy to announce he won! More

Hiring – Development and Networking VISTA!

November 20, 2014

Do you want to be part of a growing movement to improve the educational experience of  low-income youth in Oakland through experiential, hands-on learning?  The Lighthouse Creativity Lab has been integrating design and making into our school’s practice over the past four years giving students the opportunity to think through and create their own visions in a variety of contexts culminating with a showcase at Bay Area Maker Faire.  We also offer professional development and outreach for teachers who are interested in integrating design and making into their own practice.

The Lighthouse Creativity Lab in partnership with Maker Ed is looking for two talented candidates.  The Development VISTA will build a Creativity Lab donor base and raise funds to support the integration of design and making into low-income Bay Area schools, and the Networking VISTA will create a model network of makers and educators to support making in education.

We currently have two open positions:
Creativity Lab Development Coordinator – Work collaboratively with Lighthouse staff to inform the public about our work and to raise funds for continued operations.

Creativity Lab Networking Coordinator – Work with Lighthouse and Maker Ed to build a model network of makers and educators to support making in education.

For more information on making in education and VISTA visit:
Lighthouse Creativity Lab
Maker Education Initiative
Americorps VISTA

Apply through the Americorps Site and email a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to Aaron Vanderwerff – aaron.vanderwerff(at)

Start date is February 9, 2015
Current Americorps VISTA stipend is $15,994/year
Hiring is happening rapidly, so if you are interested, submit your materials as soon as possible.

Lighthouse Creativity Lab Featured in EdTech Magazine

October 21, 2014

The Creativity Lab was featured in EdTech’s Fall 2014 Magazine, the article, Making Sense of Makerspaces: Do-it-yourself ed tech opportunities abound for some schools, can be read here! More

The Creativity Lab is Hiring – Americorps VISTAs!

September 5, 2014

For just under the past year, our Maker Ed VISTA volunteers have made a huge contribution to the Creativity Lab program.  They made it possible for us to share our practices with interested educators, expand out outreach, and make our in school making program what it is today!  And now, we are looking for a couple new volunteers to help us on the next leg of our journey! More

Intel Galileo Workshop

August 7, 2014

MonsterLast week a team of engineers from Intel Labs, the research department of Intel, visited Lighthouse to run a Galileo workshop with middle school maker students. The Galileo is a mini computer, that can be used to interact with things like lights and sensors. Students made robotic creatures flash eyes and move wings using photo sensors, touch sensors, LEDs, and servo-motors. The workshop was part of a study to develop educational tools. More

Smartblog Award Winning Blogger On School Creativity, Aaron Vanderwerff 06/25 by EduTalk | Education Podcasts

June 27, 2014

Mr. V was interviewed on Tuesday, June 24th by EDUCATION TALK RADIO about Making and Designing in a Creative Classroom and School.  Listen to the interview here:


From Kindergarten Danger Day to LED Tutus: Making in Schools

April 29, 2014

The Creativity Lab’s very own Aaron Vanderwerff gave an East Bay Nerd Nite talk last night at the New Parkway Theater, entitled, From Kindergarten Danger Day to LED Tutus: Making in Schools.  The talk focused on the importance of learning through the head, hands, and heart, sharing the mission that Maker Ed and the Lighthouse Creativity Lab have joined fores to promote. More