About Sylvia

sylvia 21st century learningSylvia Martinez is available for keynotes and speaking engagements, professional development, workshops, and consulting with schools, education and community organizations, or companies. Contact her at sylvia [at] inventtolearn [dot] com with your ideas!

Contact Sylvia

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“Our rousing — and inspiring — closing keynote came from Sylvia Libow Martinez, co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom.” – Maker Ed: Making Possibilities for Educators (Steve Davee)

Selected 2018 Events

Selected 2017 Events

Selected 2016 Events

Selected 2015 Events

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 12.23.59 AMAdditional upcoming events and professional development (links to Invent To Learn site – events are in reverse chronological order)

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Sylvia Martinez is co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom, a book that has been called the “bible of the classroom maker movement”.

For the previous ten years, Sylvia was President of Generation YES, a non-profit organization evangelizing student leadership through modern technology. Prior to this, Sylvia oversaw product development, design and programming for consumer software, video games, and educational games at several software publishing companies.movement”. She advocates globally for authentic learning using real world design principles and hands-on experiences.

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A popular international keynote, workshop leader, and consultant, Sylvia speaks on topics of design thinking and making, the lessons for schools from the global Maker Movement, student empowerment, STEM, gender issues in technology, games and learning, and digital citizenship. Sylvia weaves examples from present day schools that use technology in authentic ways with her own experiences from the real world of work in video game development and aerospace engineering.

Martinez started her career designing high frequency receiver systems and navigation software for GPS satellites.

She holds a Master’s in Educational Technology from Pepperdine, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA.


Email me: sylvia [at] inventtolearn [dot] com

Tweet me: smartinez

Link me: View Sylvia Martinez's profile<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> on LinkedIn


Selected Past Presentations


  • Surrey School District Learning Summit Keynote and professional development
  • NCCE Maker Summit Leader – Pre-conference workshop
  • California CUE – Pre-conference workshop and session
  • Leadership 3.0 Closing Keynote The Maker Movement: What School Leaders Need to Know
  • Learning and the Brain – Invited Speaker. Learning to Learn Through Invention, Tinkering, and Making 
  • NSBA Pre-conference workshop
  • Making Possibilities Day (Intel sponsored MakerEd Foundation event) – closing keynote Top Ten Things Maker Educators Know
  • EngagED NWI – Keynote
  • ISTE 2014 Spotlight Session – Top Classroom Tools of the Maker Movement
  • Christa McAuliffe 2014 Conference Keynote
  • VSTE Conference 2014 Keynote

2013 and older

  • Keynote: Expanding Learning Horizons, Australia Hard Fun and Problem Solving – Where Computing Meets Tinkering and Design August 2013
  • Spotlight Speaker: ISTE 2013
  • Keynote: TIE Collaborative, Massachusetts January 2013
  • Keynote: ACE 2012 Australia August 2012
  • Tinkering: How Might ‘Making Stuff’ Influence Girls’ Interest in STEM Invited speaker: National Council of Women in Technology Summit, May 2011
  • Keynote: Learning @ School Conference New Zealand. Feb. 2011
  • Keynote: Central NY Regional Information Center annual conference, Mar 2011
  • Co-host: TEDxNYED March 2011
  • Keynote: The 92% Solution – Australian Computers in Education National Conference (ACEC) Melbourne, Australia. April 2010
  • Successful, Sustainable Strategies for Technology Integration in a Tough Economy – National School Board Association
  • Games in Education & Student Voice in the Digital Age – e ICT Conference: Exploring ICT in Education Doha, Qatar

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