The Promise of the Maker Movement for Education

Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Making and Tinkering Programs, Informal/Formal Connections, K-12 Programs
Audience: 
General Public | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals
Discipline: 
Computing and information science | Engineering | General STEM | Technology
Organization:
University of California-Davis
Description: 

The Maker Movement is a community of hobbyists, tinkerers, engineers, hackers, and artists who creatively design and build projects for both playful and useful ends. There is growing interest among educators in bringing making into K-12 education to enhance opportunities to engage in the practices of engineering, specifically, and STEM more broadly. This article describes three elements of the Maker Movement, and associated research needs, necessary to understand its promise for education: 1) digital tools, including rapid prototyping tools and low-cost microcontroller platforms, that characterize many making projects; 2) community infrastructure, including online resources and in-person spaces and events; and 3) the maker mindset, aesthetic principles, and habits of mind that are commonplace within the community. It further outlines how the practices of making align with research on beneficial learning environments.

Citation
DOI:
10.7771/2157-9288.1099
ISSN:
2157-9288
Publication Name: 
Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (J-PEER)
Volume: 
5
Number: 
1
Page Number: 
30-39
Document:

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