Become an Ambassador

With your help, we’re building a community with a strong foundation in paper circuits as a vehicle for creative exploration with technology and art. Chibitronics is actively looking for educators to join our network of Chibitronics Ambassadors! This includes opportunities to join us for conferences and events, and referrals to teachers or organizations interested in PD in your area. You will also be able to list yourself as a Chibitronics Ambassador if you organize your own events or PD.

To apply, please send an email to education@chibitronics.com and we’ll get you started! The first step is a (free) training from us, with self-paced and online options available.

Meet Our Ambassadors

Greetings! My name is Ivy Daniels and I am a technology teacher at James Madison Middle School in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where I serve as a department chair, Remote Teaching Excellence (RTE) partner, and Amazon Future Engineers (AFE) teacher. I also serve as a teacher-leader for the Media Arts and Career and Technical Education (CTE) departments. As a teacher-leader, I not only mentor new teachers, but facilitate professional development on Chibi Chips, micro:bits, Code.org Discoveries, Boot Up, and classroom management as well. In addition to the many roles I proudly undertake in my district, I also work with the University of Maryland and Bowie State Universities as a Network Facilitator for the RTE program, the Maryland Center for Computing Education (MCCE) as a workshop facilitator, and the MIT DAILy program as a presenter. I enjoy teaching and learning computer science, but have a particular fondness for Scratch, Python, HTML, and artificial intelligence. I am excited to be working with Chibitronics once again. Integrating their products into my computer science curriculum has allowed me to bring a new level of interactiveness and versatility to projects, which my students love.

Hi! My name is Shoshanna Cohen. I am the K-5 S.T.E.A.M. Specialist at a Title One school in Seattle, WA. I have taught for 15-ish years as an elementary science specialist, a project based learning instructional coach, a dual-language classroom teacher, a reading specialist, and as a curriculum developer. Throughout it all, my goal has always been to bring the most unique and diverse opportunities to my students and our community. This is exactly how I found Chibitronics. The project possibilities are endless and the potential to intertwine NGSS and CCSS curriculum to S.T.E.A.M. is as easy as saying: “Lights on!” Sometimes I’m not sure who has more fun…my scholars or me!

Hi, I am Holly Manswell, I work as a Special Education teacher in an Early College Initiative school grades 6-12 in the “South Bronx” NYC.  I love to teach and craft with my students. Cards, scrapbooking and small building projects are my hobbies. During the summer of 2020 and in the midst of the pandemic, I discovered paper circuits and Chibitronics through Infosys Pathfinders Institute Summer PD. A whole new world opened up for me. I was in heaven! Now I stamp, die cut, and make amazing light up crafts.

Hi! My name is Phet Pease and I am a STEM Teacher from San Diego, CA. I teach 6th-8th grade STEM electives including Project Lead the Way modules 3D Design & Modeling, Automation & Robotics, and Computer Science for Innovators and Makers. I founded and coach the Wilson Middle School Robotics Club where students compete in Botball, FIRST Lego League, and iARoc competitions.  As a Girls Who Code facilitator, I love advocating for my female students. Recently, I have gotten excited about incorporating paper circuits into my curriculum. A problem solver and maker at heart, I enjoy tinkering, building, fixing, and inspiring students to become future engineers, scientists, and makers.

Hello from Australia! My name is Trish Ryan and I work in a K-6 public school in Marrickville, NSW.  I program and teach STEM units for Grades 5-6, using the High Possibility Classrooms framework.  I continually challenge myself and my students to try new technologies and I love using Chibitronics with paper circuits and coding in our STEAM projects. Now that I have connected with other ambassadors I hope to learn as much as I can about paper circuits and paper mech so that I can continue to mentor other educators at my school and in my local networks.  Find me on Twitter @wilkinspsSTEM and @TrishR99.

Hello, everyone.  I am Mae-Lynn Smith, and I spend my days in the library.  My library serves multiple charter schools in Wilmington, DE and is housed within the Community Education Building.  In addition to my love of books and reading, I strive to expose my students to all aspects of STEM and design thinking.  I work towards this goal through  elective courses, after school programs, a well-used maker space, and parent education initiatives.  I am always looking for materials to engage and excite folks from PreK to seniors.  What I love about Chibitronics is the accessibility – it is both easy to learn and endlessly adaptable.

Diane Spann (bio coming soon!)

Chris Awad (bio coming soon!)

Hi, I’m Barbara Liedahl.  I serve students and educators as the Media Arts Instructional Specialist in the department of Creative and Performing Arts for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. My responsibilities include managing, training and supporting Media Arts instructors at all grade levels. I also serve on several district, state, and national committees. Embracing the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, I love promoting cross-curricular collaboration with technology and arts integration, including Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).  My artistic interests include music technology, fiber arts, paper arts and jewelry-making.  I’m honored to serve as an ambassador for Chibitronics and I enjoy integrating their materials into my artwork!

Past Ambassadors

Hi! I am Sam Yancey and I serve as a  K-12 gifted education teacher. I am continually working to challenge my gifted students with innovative and inspiring STEAM learning experiences. I love bringing new educational technology into my classroom, particularly resources that center on computer science, gaming, circuit-building, robotics, 3D modeling, and maker education. For me, art in STEAM is most central and Chibitronics brings a new dimension to paper art, design, and hands-on circuit making. I hope to connect with fellow Chibitronics educators and makers, developing new resources and activities to impact a wider audience of teachers and students worldwide. Connect with me on Twitter @STEAMTechSam. See my designs and experience on my Youtube channel and LinkedIn.

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