Chad Frey is at the bleeding edge of the Maker Movement. Chad shares how entrepreneurs and makers are changing education through S.T.E.M. and S.T.E.A.M. By bringing the maker movement directly into schools we are able to shape the next generation of innovators and influencers to think outside the box and bring new solutions to the problems they face.
In today's episode Chad and I also discuss education, co-working, makerspaces, diversity, the social responsibility of entrepreneurs, the importance of the arts, a maker manifesto, finding the right vocation, having informed conversations, and much more.
Chad Frey is the President and Founder of Partnership Planners, LLC, a consulting & software development company that specializes in community engagement, social innovation, and entrepreneurship. Out of Planners, Chad started the Foundry Makerspace as a social enterprise initiative to build the capacity of schools for 21st Century life and work. As president, Chad leads a professional learning community of Maker Fellows and has other responsibilities that range from consulting on international documentary film projects to giving oversight to software accounts that engage thousands of users in community engagement.
Chad also serves at the Community Engagement Liaison at Messiah College where he advises senior administration on strategic community engagement programs and partnerships. He has several years of teaching experience in course topics that span topics like service, missions and social change. For over a decade, Chad has facilitated international service-learning experiences in N. Ireland. He previously served as the Director of the Agape Center for Curricular Service-Learning and has received national recognition by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Programs, U.S. Department of Education and Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) for a variety of community engagement initiatives that implemented collective impact principals for K-12 student achievement. Chad has managed numerous grants including a $2,000,000.00 P.T.E.V. grant from the Lilly Endowment.
Chad received his B.A. from Messiah College in Biblical Religious Studies where he majored in Christian Education. He earned a M.A. in Higher Education from Geneva College with a concentration in religion and philosophy. Chad has also completed several seminary courses at Ashland Theological Seminary as well as his comprehensive exams in pursuit of an Ed.D. of Adult Education at Penn State University. He currently volunteers on several boards and committees. Chad was born in Lancaster County but currently lives in downtown Harrisburg, PA.
Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.
An Intro to Chad: 0:46 minutes
Going Deeper into the Topics: 20:23 minutes
Rapid Rire Questions: 51:50 minutes
Foundry Makerspace: https://www.foundrymakerspace.com/
Maker Shift / Maker Manifesto: https://www.makershift.io/