Caroline Keep is a physics teacher at Penketh High School in Warrington. She is the Director
of Spark Penketh, the first school makerspace in the UK embedding making across the
curriculum and has just won the 2018 TES New Teacher of the Year award for her work on
Caroline is the co- founder of Liverpool Makefest, a festival to promote science, technology,
engineering, art and maths and maker-education for young people. The festival is now in its
fourth year and attracts over 5000 visitors annually. She is also the founder of the Society of
School Makerspaces, a founder member of the Guild of Makers and co-founder of the
MakerNoise unconference on creativity, learning and maker education.
She has given numerous talks on maker education and written several papers on STEM and
STEAM learning to promote creative and hands-on learning through physical computing,
digital fabrication and coding.
Caroline believes passionately in providing students with diverse, rich learning
environments in which the creativity of the student as a “maker” can flourish. To this end
she has introduced a whole school Digital Creative programme at her school with an
emphasis on design thinking, rapid prototyping, physical computing, 3D design and printing