Andover Middle School

1628 N Andover Road

Andover, Kansas

EdCampKS-Andover Team is comprised of teacher leaders  from Andover, Inman, Newton, McPherson, and Valley Center Schools

 Dyane Smokorowski @Mrs_Smoke

Micah Brown @MBrownEdtech

Rachel McClaran @Rachel_McClaran

Dave Hendershot @HendershotDavid

Kelly Turcotte @MrsTurcotte5

Heather Hawkins @HawkinsH23

Carmen Zeisler @MissZeisler

Russ Kahle @RussKahle

Our Teacher Playground/Makerspace Area has expanded again and we’re taking over the Library! Be sure to come explore our space and see some of our favorite resources in

  • Makerspaces
  • Outdoor Learning and Play
  • Classroom Gardens
  • Learning Games
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Social Justice/Service Learning
  • Coding

Welcome Strada by Luciano’s from Mulvane for Lunch

Fast and fun quality food at a great price! Strada by Luciano's prides itself on serving only the very best in authentic Italian cuisine. Come try their pasta, sandwiches, signature parmesan salad cones, or any of their delectable offerings and you'll see how they got to be the best in the business!

To our Edcamp Andover Sponsors & Companies Donating

Playground Tools, Swag, and Door Prizes


Our biggest supporter is the Edcamp Foundation who not only answers every question we ask, but are passionate about elevating teacher voice.

Thanks to @EdcampUSA, we were able to fund coffee, granola bars, and materials for our event to be a success.


Terrific thanks goes to the Andover Dillons Marketplace who helped us fund the bottled water and granola bars for our big event.  


Thanks to the Dunkin Donuts of Andover, we have glazed donuts for our EDcampers.  YAY!!!

Be sure to send them a high 5 on their special Facebook Page

Flipgrid donated funds to help us fund our super hero photo booth. Thanks Flipgrid!

Every student benefits from each student's perspective. Flipgrid draws the entire class into an open discussion of divergent experience, perspective, evaluation, and debate. In other words, bring the back row to the front. 



Three Cheers for Notability to funded our Dilly Bar afternoon snack break!

Notability: powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and PDF annotation for iPad, iPhone, and Mac.



Kinderlab Robotics donated a KIBO for our Playground. KIBO is a robot kit specifically designed for young children aged 4-7 years old. It appeals to both technically minded kids and those that connect more to arts and culture or physical activity.


No Starch Press publishes the finest in geek entertainment — bestsellers like Python for Kids, How Linux Works, Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, Practical Packet Analysis, and The Manga Guides.


Code Monkey Island is a  exciting educational board game that teaches kids how to use and master the fundamentals of computer science.


Black Forest Studios sent games to help teach emotional IQ. These card and board games are meant to be social adventures.


Mindful Practices donated books Everyday SEL and Cooling Down Your Classroom  to our playground.


Yoga books for kids integrating movement, fun, and adventure.


Cosmic Kids Yoga is a international company that posts Yoga lessons directly to their youtube channel for free  because they believe every student needs mindfulness and exercise. They are donating 3 DVDs and 5 posters with yoga poses.


Power Brain Training utilizes an exciting combination of physical, emotional and cognitive exercises to tap into our infinite brain potential. Our programs empower children and adults to improve focus, confidence, memory, creativity and emotional wellness while reducing stress and anxiety. 


We’re your favorite early childhood development book and resource publisher since 1981.

Donated these books


Our how-to books curate special and authoritative information that goes beyond the usual sources, inspiring readers to create extraordinary new things, whether it's great meals, crafts or home decor.

Check Out Their Facebook Page


American Educational Products is donating the Clever Catch balls. These balls have a variety of themes and questions to guide movement and motion in the classroom. This includes ice breaker, blank, health and fitness, astronomy, and chemistry catch balls.


CitizenKid is a collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens. The collection aims to make complex global issues accessible for children ages 8 to 12, and covers topics such as water conservation, biodiversity, food security, microlending, citizenship, global awareness and more. Each book provides information and resources to inspire children to make a difference, both locally and globally.



Brackitz donated a Education Bin and Driver 43 Piece set ($300 value) for our playground. Brackitz are construction tools with open ended possibilities from simple to complex, small scale to larger-than-life, gravity-defying, 3D structures.


Blocks Rock contributed two kits to our Playground. These blocks, when coupled with their free app, allow competitive building and play time for construction.


Facebook: Blocks Rock

Squishy Circuits uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits in a fun, hands-on way. There’s no need for breadboards or soldering – just add batteries and our pre-made doughs (or make your own dough with the provided recipes). Let your creations come to life as you light them up with LEDs, make noises with buzzers, and spin with the motor.

Squishy Circuits donated 5 Circuit Kits


Cherry Lake Publishing is committed to providing quality, relevant library and classroom resources that better prepare students for the future while exciting their imaginations on every page. We offer schools, libraries, and educators the tools they need to engage students in lasting and meaningful ways, help drive their achievement and performance, and better prepare them for life in the 21st Century

Donated DIY Make it Happen Series and the DIY Makers as Innovators Junior Books

21st Century Skills Innovation Library takes a look at people and their creative ideas. It explores how lasting contributions are made in diverse fields such as sports, entertainment, medicine, technology, and transportation. Students discover how acting on creative ideas can lead to new solutions to old problems. 

Capstone Press donated Busting Boredom Series, S.M.A.R.T.S series, Imagine it, Build it Series. These books help students use their creativity to make.


Cardboard Teck Institute brings maker engagement using cardboard. The company donated two sets of Pinbox 3000 which allows students to build their own cardboard pinball machine. The company offers project guides and support for the STEAM movements online.


Teknikio’s kits blend science, technology, engineering, art and math. They come with detailed lesson plans and guides. Teknikio donated makerspace sewing kits to our event


Fort Boards was created to foster the sense of adventure and imagination while building and playing in forts. The building kits were designed to be one of the best building toys on the market. Creator, August, is from Kansas as well and donated multiple kits.


Funny Bone Toys  produces challenging games that combine both fun and design to stimulate creativity and workout your brains. Younger players develop an appreciation of color and forms of art they may not see in a regular setting. They donated the games:  Disruptus, Arrazzles, Array, and Spectrix

GoldieBlox is the award-winning children’s multimedia company disrupting the pink aisle in toy stores globally and challenging gender stereotypes with the world’s first girl engineer character. Through the integration of storytelling and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles, GoldieBlox creates toys, books, apps, videos, animation and merchandise; the tools that empower girls to build their confidence, dreams and ultimately, their futures.


Goldie Blox donated 3 STEM kits

Crabtree Publishing Company is dedicated to producing high-quality books and educational products for K-9. 


Crabtree Publishing donated Be A Maker Series and Maker Project Book Series

HyperDuino's interactive maker projects interconnect student-made physical projects & student-created videos and other media.



Blyth House Creations Etsy Store donated hand-carved Tic-Tac-Toe Game for our Edcamp Event.

Check out their Etsy Store

Jacks and Jills has evolved over the past several years into a shop that brings your childhood into adulthood. It's easy to get caught up in everyday responsibilities but it's important to take time out to relax, enjoy your family and friends, and just have fun.  They donated Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Check out their Etsy Store for awesome yard games


Check out their Etsy Store

Check out their Etsy Store

Tumbling Towers is a giant tumbling block game and perfect for any party! We can fully customize any set and shipping is always FREE! Made it the USA!


Donated one wood Tumble Tower Kit

Publisher of quirky books that celebrate the creativity, curiosity, and diversity of children. 



Fitivities creator, Sandy “Spin” Slade, combined her love of board games with her passion for fitness to create this one-of-a-kind game experience. Fitivities integrates physical activities into a group game setting for people of all ages, offering the buzz of a board game, with the perks of a workout.


Flip 2B Fit is a memory based fitness game where they build team spirit and individual goals while stretching, jumping and twisting. The company is trying to prevent childhood obesity one exercise at a time. They donated two games to our event.


Stick-Lets are GENIUS fort building tools using common sticks or dowel rods.  Flexible silicone connectors for fort building and more. Connect with nature in a fun way! FB /thesticklets 



U.S. Games Systems, Inc. of Stamford, CT has been producing quality family games and specialty playing card decks for over 40 years. Designed for family fun, all our products are attractively packaged and affordably priced. 


Breaking Games is an Indie tabletop game and board game publishing company. They donated games to our creative play area.


Build & Imagine StoryWalls are like building blocks meets dollhouse meets dress-up dolls. It’s a unique mashup featuring adventurous characters and rich illustrated details that inspire girls and boys alike to build and imagine.


The Contender is a political debate card game that combines the Cards Against Humanity play style with fibs, blustering, pandering and grandstanding. They donated the game and Hamilton expansion.

Educatonal Insights are play enthusiasts with the aim to create experiences filled with sheer joy and uncontrollable laughter. In addition to inspiring creativity, imagination, good sportsmanship, and out-of-the-box learning, our inventive line of kid-powered toys and engaging games are packed full of fun, designed to delight, and are certain to satisfy kids' natural curiosity. They donated 4 design and drill games.


Endless Games produces board games and puzzles that are quick and easy to learn but offer endless play value. They have donated the games Crazy Legs, 60 Second Slam, Out of Order, and Name 5.


Designed and Made for Awesome Play, MIGHTY FUN! creates fun toys and games for high quality play! Follow for tweets about #toys, games, kids and #mightyfun!


Fliip Football is a strategic tabletop game where two players use real stats and startegies to play a game of football against each other. They must utilize their defense and offense like any good coach would. They donated a card game.


We manufacture high-quality toys, dolls & games for children of all ages. We wish to encourage kids as they make their way through the world using play. 


Donated the following games:

Pharaoh's Gulo Gulo

Secret Code


IKOS - A new building shape to unlock imagination and creativity. Day dream in curves... Welcome to a well-rounded world



A Bluetooth Smart enabled digital guitar with real strings & frets for iOS & Android | Learn with interactive teaching apps & record MIDI music


Donated (1) jamstik+, (1) jamstik+T-shirt, and (2) AirJamz

Best Life Media donated two copies of the Brain Power Classroom by Dave Beal and the Power Brain by Ilchi Lee to our playground. See these door prizes ahead of time.


Beyond Words donated several books. The books inspire people through our work—inspire them to gain wholeness and completeness for themselves, and to learn, grow, and find solutions.


Future Development Group focuses on publications and reimagining education. They are donated signed copies of their book, 180 days of Making to our library.


Brigantine Media donated books for our teacher education space. Their company focuses on educational books in high topic areas like writing, math and common core alignents.


The Hack Learning Team donated 10 copies of the book Hack Learning Anthology the series helps you solve big problems with simple ideas.


Bazoof donated back issues and new subscriptions.

The magazines are  a health and creativity magazine that specializes in publishing youth work. It is filled with short stories, comics, recipes, puzzles, games, crafts, jokes, riddles, pet care, interviews, healthy snacks, sports, true stories, fun facts, prizes and more!


Scholastic Book Fairs donated a classroom set of middle school  literature


Candlewick Press donated several books including: Smartphone Movie Maker, Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theater Stage, Get Coding!: Learn HTML, CSS & JavaScript & Build a Website, App & Game, Almost Astronauts


ChopChopKids is an non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach children and families to cook real food together.  They donated back issues and a subscription.


Curious Jane Magazine brings our hands-on projects and DIY fun

to cool, creative girls everywhere – for making, creating, designing and inventing.

ad-free • content rich • full of fun things to do and make

Check out Curious Jane’s AWESOME Instagram Page

Donating one print subscription

Fun For Kidz is an activity magazine that maintains the same wholesome values as the other publications. Each issue is also created around a theme. There is nothing in the magazine to make it out dated. Fun For Kidz offers creative activities for children with extra time on their hands. Girls are given a chance to work on a building project. Boys are allowed to make something artistically pleasing. The entire family can enjoy the various activities and "things to do." 

Check out Fun For Kidz on Facebook

Donating 2 Print Subscriptions

Kids, Code and Computer Science is an online + print magazine about kids, coding, computer science, and technology. Current issue: Summer Projects

Donating 3 Print/Digital subscriptions

The Green Teacher donated two copies of Teaching About Invasive Species and 4 different issues of their magazine. See these door prizes ahead of time at the playground. @GreenTeacherMag

ECOLIFE is dedicated to resolving conflict between conservation needs and community needs.  They donated an aquaponics classroom kit. The winner will be required to join the EcoLife teacher network for curriculum support and to have a network of other teachers using aquaponics in the classroom


The Aquaponic Source is the experienced resource for everything you need to grow fish and plants together. 


Click and Grow uses technology to create vitamin-packed, sustainable foods. Their focus is on indoor gardens and helping grow food locally. They donated three starter kits.


EarthBox is a gardening system that uses containers developed by commercial farmers and proven in the lab. The system is set so no matter if you have a green thumb you will have a great garden. They donated a Ready to Grow Kit that doubles the yield of a normal garden with less water, fertilizer and effort.


Buncee's interactive, drag and drop interface helps students and educators create engaging multimedia projects and presentations to increase interactivity and flip the classroom. Access Premium Graphics. Access our library of 8,000+ exclusive stickers, animations, and templates, or upload your own.