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Author: Nico Janik
Nico Janik is the Makerspace/Engineering Coordinator for the Ravenswood City School District. RCSD is a public school district with seven campuses serving low-income students of color, from transitional kindergarten through 8th grade, in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park, California, United States. A team of dedicated STEM-oriented people have been working since 2013 to build the makerspace program at RCSD from one pilot program in an empty classroom, to having equipped and staffed makerspaces at all of its 7 school sites. Nico’s work includes helping a team of site tinkerers (our makerspace staff), tinker teachers and classroom teachers bring making to their students. She is also lucky to still be able to occasionally make thing with kids! Before becoming a classroom teacher, she worked professionally as a mechanical engineer, most notably at IDEO Product Development, OddzOn Products and Hasbro Toys. She holds a multiple subject teaching credential. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in both mechanical engineering and environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in Engineering/Product Design from Stanford University.