Facilitator: Dr. Kylie Peppler
Lessons learned from the grassroots spreading of the “maker movement” can help us reimagine schools and foster equity, creativity, and innovation in educational settings. The maker movement consists of a growing culture of hands-on making, creating, designing, and innovating. A hallmark of the maker movement is its do-it-yourself (or do-it-with-others) mindset that brings together individuals around a range of activities, including textile craft, robotics, cooking, woodcrafts, electronics, digital fabrication, mechanical repair, or creation — in short, making nearly anything. And it’s spreading: Online maker communities, physical makerspaces, and Maker Faires are popping up all over the world and continually increasing in size and participation. This workshop will discuss the maker movement’s potential to transform how and what people learn in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and arts disciplines, helping teachers focus on the kinds of disciplinary learning that can be cultivated through making.