Photo of Justin M. Schmidt, smiling, text on cap reads "Stay Gold"

Photo: K. Lorigan 2021


Since I was old enough to pick up a screwdriver, I have been breaking things, making things, and occasionally managing to fix things. I'm very lucky to be able to inspire others to do the same.

I'm a strong believer that experiential, hands-on learning is essential to a well-rounded education. Through Making, students grow their creative confidence, master learning from failure, and develop all of the "21st Century Skills" that are essential for flourishing in the modern world.

I'm on the K-12 Maker Team at the MIT Edgerton Center, where I co-facilitate Maker workshops for educators and develop Maker-Ed resources.

Before coming to MIT, I established and ran the Makerspace in the library at Watertown Middle School, where I taught classes in design thinking, electronics, video production, and photography, as well as collaborated with teachers across all disciplines to create and deliver engaging Maker-Ed projects for all students. I was also the resident tech smarty-pants, videographer, website updater, and problem solver.

I studied electronics at Assabet Valley Regional Tech HS in Marlborough, Massachusetts. I went on to earn an AA in Recording Arts and Music Business at the New England Institute of Art and a BA in Multidisciplinary Studies at Cambridge College.

I'm a life-long Massachusetts resident. I currently live north of Boston with my partner and our ridiculously cute dog.