Jacquelyn (Jackie) Moore
Jacquelyn (Jackie) Moore has spent the last 16 years engaging young learners with technology through her makerspace, camps, afterschool programs, and workshops. She’s also provided formal professional development for Chicago Public School Teachers, a network of after school program providers, and a network of informal educators.
Moore worked more than 25 years in the finance industry, providing systems-level support for mainframe, midrange, and PC operating systems. Her career included researching, implementing, and teaching technology solutions to business problems.
In 2002, Moore began using her skills full-time to address the technology gap faced by youth in her community. Moore is the founder of LevelUP, a youth-centered makerspace in Chicago. In 2005, she founded Chicago Knights Robotics, a community-based FIRST high school robotics team. The team has participated in the White House Science Fair, the World Maker Faire, and in several FIRST Robotics Competitions, including a regional event in Sydney, Australia, and the World Championships in Atlanta and Detroit. In 2004, Moore founded Agape Werks to provide academic enrichment to students with a special emphasis on technology. In addition, she founded a Girls Who Code club and the annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire, and she helps schools to establish their own Maker Faires.
Moore serves on the advisory board for DePaul University’s Idea Realization Lab, is a member of Hyde Park Art Center Education Committee, and is a Chicago Peace Fellow. She previously served on boards for Chicago Public Schools Local School Council (an elected position), Maker Ed, and the Hive Chicago Learning Network. She serves as the executive director of Agape Werks and continues to build community with other organizations.