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  • Date: 09/01/2019
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    This project responds to calls to increase children's exposure and engagement in STEM at an early age. With the rise of the maker-movement, the informal and formal education sectors have witnessed a dramatic expansion of maker and tinkering spaces, programs, and curricula. This has happened in part because of the potential benefits of tinkering ... »
  • Date: 07/11/2019
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This video captures the energy and potetial of the Designing our Tomorrow project. It is intended to complement presentations and posters about Designing our Tomorrow. The Designing Our Tomorrow project aims to develop a framework for creating exhibit-based engineering design challenges and expand an existing model of facilitation for use in ... »
  • Date: 04/01/2019
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The making and tinkering movement has become increasingly mainstream over the past decade, pioneered in part through the popularity of magazines like `Make', events such as Maker Faire and DIY websites including `Instructables'. Science centres and museums have been developing their own ideas, notably the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium. In ... »
  • Date: 02/11/2019
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    This poster was created for the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program Primary Investigator (PI) meeting. The research presented here is a summary of the various informal STEM learning opportunities offered as part of the collaboration between university researchers and museum practionners. We were interested in how museums can advance ... »
  • Date: 02/11/2019
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    This poster shows an overview of the The Designing Our Tomorrow (DOT) project. The project aims to develop a framework for creating exhibit-based engineering design challenges and expand an existing model of facilitation for use in engineering exhibits. DOT seeks to broaden participation in engineering and build capacity within the informal ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2018
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    This Innovations in Development project is funded by the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program, which seeks to advance new approaches to, and evidence-based understanding of, the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments. This includes providing multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM ... »
  • Date: 08/01/2018
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    This Innovations in Development project is funded by the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program, which seeks to advance new approaches to, and evidence-based understanding of, the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments. This includes providing multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Hands On Children's Museum will build on two of its most distinctive features-an Outdoor Discovery Center and a Young Makers program-to create a Nature Makers program. The interdisciplinary project will link nature-based learning with maker activities that use natural materials. Partnerships with Native American tribes, scientists, maker ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Maker movement has grown considerably over the past decade, both in the USA and internationally. Several varieties of "making" have been developed, but there are still many important questions to ask and research to conduct about how different programmatic structures may relate to the potential impact Maker programs can have on individuals and ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2017
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    The aim of this review of the literature is to identify what we already know about the engagement of children aged under eight in makerspaces. Given the limited literature in the area, the review takes a broader look at makerspaces for older children where relevant. This is not a systematic review; its aim is not to offer an exhaustive account of ... »

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