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  • Date: 02/17/2022
    Resource Category: Report
    A practical guide containing descriptions of 11 Tinkering activities for adult learners. It can be used by community development and informal learning practitioners working with adult groups. Some of the activities were newly developed while others were adjusted from already existing and tested activities. Special focus is given to activities ... »
  • Date: 01/13/2022
    Resource Category: Report
    This document is aimed primarily at Informal Learning (IFL) educators working with adult learners from disadvantaged and underserved communities, who wish to: exploit the inclusive nature of Tinkering to create engaging and relevant STEM learning experiences for adult learners and their families better understand how and why collaboration and co- ... »
  • Date: 11/04/2021
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    This poster was presented at the 2021 NSF AISL Awardee Meeting. Our overarching goal is to better understand the particulars of how and why youth co-make in life-based and STEM-rich ways with families and communities, such that we can better infrastructure community-based maker programs in support of youth learning and well-being. ... »
  • Date: 11/04/2021
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    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 ... »
  • Date: 08/15/2021
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    For many youth, gaining access to quality STEM (science, technology, engineering mathematics) experiences is a challenge. Inequity and underrepresentation of youth of color in STEM persist. The makerspace movement holds great promise in broadening participation in STEM among youth from underrepresented communities. Makerspaces are defined as ... »
  • Date: 06/01/2021
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Making as a term has gained attention in the educational field. It signals many different meanings to many different groups, yet is not clearly defined. This project’s researchers refer to making as a term that bears social and cultural impact but with a broader more sociocultural association than definitions that center making in STEM learning. ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2021
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    While there is increased interest in youth-centered maker programs in informal educational contexts, scarce research-informed professional development exist that focus on how informal educators do or should plan and handle ongoing, just-in-time support during moments of failure. Prior research supports the important role of failure in maker ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2021
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Maker education has increased tremendously in community settings and classrooms across the country. Maker education is learner-driven and hands-on, often collaborative, and may focus on solving a problem or designing an object or device. There is a growing need for assessment and evaluation tools and approaches to understand and improve the nature ... »
  • Date: 12/15/2020
    Resource Category: Blog Post
    As professionals, we often assume that the engaging experiences visitors have in our exhibits and programs will lead to long-term learning. But how do we know this is happening, and, moreover, how do we design exhibits, programs and interactions to maximize visitors’ ability to learn from their experiences? At Chicago Children’s Museum a long- ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2020
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    In informal science contexts, the word tinkering describes a learning process that combines art, science, and technology through hands-on inquiry. With the growth in popularity of the making and tinkering movements nationwide, these practices are increasingly making their way into early childhood environments where they have great promise to ... »

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