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James Simpson

Technology Integration Specialist

James Simpson
James Simpson

Sharing Strengthens. Maker mindsets are being empowered when James works with teachers, students, and schools. He brings techniques and formalization of their makerspace programs integrated with a community-oriented design philosophy. Living in Shenzhen since 2012, coming from San Francisco, he is using his engineering and academic mindset to organize the chaotic world of Making into a system of learnable innovation by releasing Open Source tools, hosting public meetings, and donating time to organizations in Shenzhen.

 As founder of SteamHead makerspace, a USA 501c3 nonprofit that helps educators, James has taught courses in universities and in K-12 classrooms in China and the US. He has volunteered for adult professional development classes since 2002, and entered K-12 education in 2014. He worked as an engineer at Adidas, Gap, and NASA (media management, not rocket science!). In addition he obtained his B.S. Industrial & Systems Engineering degree from the University of Southern California. With all this experience and background his classrooms often make use of tools in Electronics, Digital Fabrication, and Design.


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