2021 Poster - Research in Service to Practice: Equitably Consequential Making among Youth from Historically Marginalized Communities

Thursday, November 4, 2021
Resource Type:
Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Making and Tinkering Programs
Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Museum/ISE Professionals | Learning Researchers
Art, music, and theater | Engineering | General STEM | Technology
Access and Inclusion: 
Black/African American Communities
Immigrant Communities
Low Socioeconomic Status
University of Michigan, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

In Research + Practice Partnerships with 4 makerspaces in 2 cities, we pursue equity-oriented STEM-rich making with youth from historically underrepresented backgrounds, particularly BIPOC youth and youth in refugee & low-income communities, towards developing:

  • a theory-based and data-driven framework for equitably consequential making
  • a set of individual-level and program-level cases with exemplars of equitably consequential making (and the associated challenges) that can be used by researchers and practitioners for guiding the field
  • an initial set of guiding principles (with indicators) for equitably consequential making in practice.

We seek to build capacity among STEM-oriented maker practitioners, researchers and youth to expand prevailing norms of making towards more transformative outcomes for youth.

This poster was presented at the 2021 NSF AISL Awardee Meeting.

Funding Program: 
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 

Team Members

Edna TanEdna TanContributor
Day GreenbergContributor
Melissa PerezMelissa PerezContributor
Aerin BenavidesAerin BenavidesContributor
Ti’Era WorsleyTi’Era WorsleyContributor

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