About Kevin Jarrett
Kevin teaches Design at a public middle school in New Jersey. Emily Pilloton (Project H) inspired him to “bring back shop class, but orient the projects around things the community needed.” So, he created a new program at his school called “Technology, Engineering & Design” and built a makerspace/fablab called “Digital Shop.” Kevin wants his students to make the world a better place, so they finish the year with capstone projects that benefit people in the community and around the world. Digital Shop embraces low- and high-tech design, especially digital fabrication, using reductive (laser engraving) and additive (3D printing) technologies. Year Two of their program adds a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, including coordination with the US Patent & Trademark Office, established entrepreneurs, and nearby community organizations / business partners. In addition to his instructional responsibilities, Kevin advises an after school Robotics club and TV/Media Production team. He is a second-career educator, having left the private sector after 9/11 to pursue his dream becoming a teacher. Prior to his current assignment in middle school, Kevin taught elementary students about technology with a focus on engineering, including mobile devices and Google Apps for Education. Kevin is also a Google Certified Innovator.