Makerspace Manager, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
Oren Connell manages the Maker Space at Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, an all-girls public school, serving grades 6–12 in Austin TX. In addition to making sure the bandsaw blade is always sharp, "Mr. Oren" works with students, during school hours and after school, to inform, train, and encourage a wide variety of projects and processes from laser cutters to hot glue guns. Oren continually collaborates closely with Ann Richards faculty to encourage, train, and facilitate Maker and STEAM focused projects in their classrooms. Outside of Ann Richards, Oren develops STEM-centric curriculum that focuses on fun ways to engage participants. Before coming to Ann Richards Oren worked with Austin Tinkering School designing and leading classes and camps.