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General Class Information

Welcome to the Steindorf Maker Lab

with Mr. Schertle! 


About the Maker Lab and Mr. Schertle

All middle school students at Steindorf will be in the Maker Lab for an average of 110 minutes a week.  Maker Lab is NOT an elective, but a part of every middle schooler’s schedule. The lab may be open other times during the week for students to work on projects independently.  
The Maker Lab is a creative space staffed by Cambrian teacher Rick Schertle (   Rick has taught in Cambrian for 24 years, is a life-long maker, published author on many projects, and pioneer in the maker movement.  Rick has his credential in educational administration and is currently completing a Master’s degree. His position as K-8 Maker Lab Instructor and Coordinator merges his love for making and his love for teaching! More details about classes can be found on the Steindorf Maker Lab website at:


Our new lab is a beautiful space with high ceiling and lots of natural lighting.  Students will be expected to be Steindorf Strong at all times.  

Communication, Grading, Student Work and Supplies

  • The best way for parents to communicate with Mr. Schertle is through email at:  Students can talk to me in person.
  • Communication about activities, projects, donations, etc. will also take place through email or our new See
    program interface.  SeeSaw will also be used as an online portfolio where project documentation will take place along with learning logs.  
  • Grades will be based on participation, skill mastery, exit tickets and projects.  Student work and teacher handouts will be mostly paperless. Mr. Schertle will have assignments on his website and much student work will be online as well.  
  •  Bring – Earbuds, USB drives, tissue and wipes
  • New this year:
    • Focus on Projects and Skill Building
    • More Rigorous Grading for Projects, Skill Quizzes and Documentation
    • Driving Questions
    • Responsibility and Ownership of Lab