Barbra Skarzynski, Program Coordinator for Digital Fabrication Labs, TIES, provides vital support to the TIES Fab team including contributions to the professional development framework workshops, organizing Fab Lab Learning Tours, supporting Design Studios, installing labs and supporting Fab related event planning. It is Barb’s honor to be part of the Polk County, Florida transformation into the world of digital fabrication education. Over the past few years TIES has supported the installation of multiple lower school, middle school and administrative office labs, along with facilitating professional development throughout targeted schools in Polk County,
“I love working at TIES for many reasons and having it boil down to only one thing would seem trite to me.
Prior to 2011, Barb served as TIES Director of Technology and Project Support that work contributions to Race to the Top, Learn and Earn, multiple state STEM networks and individual STEM school design. TIES current portfolio of work exposes millions of students to a robust STEM education in over 500 schools located in 10+ states and internationally. Her work focused on building networks through the capture and sharing of data used to replicate and scale program successes with new states and programs as they were added to the TIES portfolio.