Talks and Discussion “Workshopology”: The art of doing workshop with Marc Dusseiller with Helen Lo, Brian C Smith and Mark Barnett

Marc Dusseiller on Workshops from DIYSECT 

Hong Kong kids and parents are passionate about STEM, STEAM and Maker Education. But what is it really? And can it be best given so that it has maximum educational effects on the participants? Should teachers become facilitators, or is there something even better we can do? Should education be about learning existing knowledge, or exploring, experiential, creating new things, or advocacy and even activism? 

We are very fortunate to have the visit of Marc Dusseiller, co founder of Hackteria in Hong Kong who is a Global Hacker and Workshop organizer who wants to initiate a critical discussion about the future of STEM, STEAM and Maker Education with Hong Kong educators. In his presentation, he will talk about his work with DIY MicroscopyJ’aime, DIY Electronics, Science and Art works. The event will start with short presentations, Q&As, and will be followed by a small focus group (8 people max) to debate, discuss, critique and share our passion of #Maker #STEM #STEAM #Citizen Science #Experiencial Learning. Part 1 will be presentations (3 speakers), Part 2 will be focus group (8 active participants). 


  • Time: Sat Aug 5, Pt1. 15:00 – 16:00 presentations, Pt2. 16:30 – 19:00 focus group
  • Location: MakerBay Central, PMQ H508, 88 Aberdeen Street, Central
  • Price: Free
  • Reservation: Required on Eventbrite


15:00 – 16:20: Pt1 Presentations
Presentation 1: Marc Duseillier
Presentation 2: Helen Lo
Presentation 3: Brian C Smith
Presentation 4: Mark Barnett

16:30 – 19:00: Pt 2 Discussion
Focus group facilitated by Marc, Moderated by Cesar Jung-Harada

Marc R Dusseiller
Dr. Marc R. Dusseiller is a transdisciplinary scholar, lecturer for micro- and nanotechnology, cultural facilitator, and artist. He performs DIY (do-it-yourself) workshops in lo-fi electronics and synths, hardware hacking for citizen science and DIY microscopy. He was co-organizing Dock18, Room for Mediacultures, diy* festival (Zürich, Switzerland), KIBLIX 2011 (Maribor, Slovenia), workshops for artists, schools and children as the former president (2008-12) of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, SGMK. He has worked as guest faculty and mentors at various schools, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IN), UCSB (USA) and in Switzerland, FHNW, HEAD, ETHZ. In collaboration with Kapelica Gallery, he has started the BioTehna Lab in Ljubljana (2012 – 2013), an open platform for interdisciplinary and artistic research on life sciences. Currently, he is developing means to perform bio- and nanotechnology research and dissemination, Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art, in a DIY / DIWO fashion in kitchens, ateliers and in the Majority World. He was the co-organizer of the different editions of HackteriaLab 2010 – 2014 Zürich, Romainmotier, Bangalore and Yogyakarta.  

Ms Helen Lo
Co-founder of [ ohmykids ]
Besides her family’s business, Helen has worked with multi-national companies in fairly different fields like entertainment kingdom Walt Disney Company, fashion footwear and accessories company Dune Group and UK-based fast food restaurant Pret A Manger before becoming an English drama educator and English teacher in over 50 primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong. Combining her business experience with her passion, Helen cofounded [ ohmykids ] by integrating drama performance concepts and theories into children’s education, allowing the creative juices to flow freely as they learn. She is a graduate of St Mary’s Canossian College and has attained a First Class Honours in English Language and Literature from Hong Kong Baptist University.

Brian is an educator at Hong Kong International School who teaches students to develop as creative thinkers and learners.
Brian delights in the presence of any learner and believes the theory of constructionism presents the best approaches to teaching and learning for all ages. Recognizing the potential connections within content areas, he aims to breakdown arbitrary walls between subjects through tinkering, making, and engineering.
A 20+ year veteran educator, he has taught in public schools in New York State and internationally where he has developed creative computing and innovation courses. He has co-developed an annual event, Imagine HKIS, where students, parents, and faculty participate in hands-on maker activities. His students have also exhibited their creations at Hong Kong Maker Faire. His work is highlighted in the best selling book, Invent to Learn: “Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom”. As a long-time faculty member at the Constructing Modern Knowledge Institute, he continues his work in world-class professional development. His speaking, presenting, and workshop credits include Constructing Modern Knowledge, NSTA, ASCD, EduCon, EARCOS, 21CLHK, Learning2 Asia, and NYSCATE.
Brian holds a Masters degree in Math, Science & Technology from St. John Fisher College and a Bachelor degree in education from SUNY Brockport.

Mark Barnett
With over a decade of experience in STEM and maker education, Mark is passionate about project based learning and teaching students to create with technology. One of his greatest accomplishments was through serving almost 30,000 US students with the high-tech makerspace on wheels called the Geekbus, which was recognized by PBS as an American Graduate Champion in 2015 and by the US White House initiative on educational excellence for Hispanics in 2016. He speaks nationally about equity and access to STEM and maker education and has presented at the Stanford FabLearn Conference, MIT Libre Learn Lab, SXSWedu, National Science Teachers Association and at the Bay Area Maker Faire. In March 2016, he presented a TED Talk a TEDx San Antonio entitled “Everyone is a Maker, but Not Everyone has Access.” Now living in Hong Kong and working at the Harbour School, Mark is seeking to expand his footprint and reach a global audience, sharing his passion for maker faires and maker education.

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Ms. Angie Zhou

Education Specialist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Angie Zhou is an Education Specialist at MIT App Inventor. She was the founder and CEO of Dreams Come True in Shenzhen, where she developed online coding courses for kids. She also has previous curriculum development, teaching and staff training experience at First Code Academy in Hong Kong.