Led by the Make For All Advisory Council, we are launching a national call for commitments in support of maker-centered learning.
Make a commitment to expand access to maker-centered learning, and build a strong focus on equity that reaches all students. The first round of partnerships and commitment will be announced in June 2019 at the Nation of Makers Conference. These commitments will be announced and celebrated at NOMCON 2019 (June 14-16) in Chattanooga, TN.
Make for All Advisory Council
About Make for All
We know that students who are engaged in maker-centered learning develop the mindset, skills and experiences that are critical to preparing them for the jobs of the future, being innovative problem-solvers and creative entrepreneurs.
But realizing this potential for all kids in the U.S. is going to require an all-hands-on-deck effort, one that includes deeper partnerships across the Maker Movement, recruiting new partners, and the opportunity to celebrate progress and build momentum.
+ What is maker-centered learning or maker education?
Maker-centered learning, also known as maker education, focuses on experiences which provide students with the opportunity to explore their world through designing, hacking, building, prototyping and experimenting. Maker-centered learning puts the child at the center of the learning experience. Through these experiences, youth have the opportunity to develop their curiosity and skills such as open ended problem solving, collaboration, persistence and creative confidence. This type of learning is always interdisciplinary- cutting across design, the arts and STEM. To gain a better understanding of what maker-centered learning is, what it looks like in action and why it’s important, you can check out the following resources and research. This list is by no means comprehensive of the body of research and findings around maker centered learning, but is meant to provide a cross section of work in this space.
- What is Maker Education?- A brief overview provided by Maker Ed.
- Making Culture - The first in-depth examination of K-12 education makerspaces nationwide created as part of the ExCITe Center's Learning Innovation initiative at Drexel University.
- California Community College Makerspace Startup Guide - Articulates the value and importance of making in engaging students in developing 21st century skills for the jobs of the future and guidance on how communities can accomplish this.
- Examining the Potential of Computer Science and Making for Supporting Project-Based Learning - Explores how making, makerspaces and computer science support the ambitious vision for science education put forth in the Next Generation Science Standards.
+ How is maker-centered learning different than other approaches, such as project based learning (PBL) and personalized learning?
Maker-centered learning has a lot in common with approaches like PBL that emphasize hands-on learning, but there are a number of things that distinguish maker centered learning from other pedagogies. These educational approaches are not mutually exclusive and are in fact complementary. Maker-centered learning is kinesthetic and involves students physically engaging their bodies in the tactile processes of designing, creating, prototyping and building. These experiences put creativity, joy and playfulness at the center of the learning process. One misconception is that maker centered learning is about getting students to make “stuff.” While the project, solution or product that a child creates can be useful and a reflection of their experience, it is important to note that a significant part of the value of maker-centered learning is about the process of making that they/he/she go(es) through and the skills and mindset that they develop along the way.
Make for All is a community-led effort to seize this opportunity by:
1. Coordinating at the field level
Bringing together key existing organizations who have been working on maker centered learning to align on a shared vision and strategy of how to empower more students to become makers and what the field needs in order to more effectively use existing resources and capitalize on each other’s strengths.
2. Identifying and scaling promising models
Identifying effective local and regional models for maker centered learning, localizing and scaling these such as the US2020 City Network, Maker Promise, Rec2Tech and other efforts.
3. Recruiting new partners and growing the ecosystem
Expanding the ecosystem of organizations, companies, institutions, foundations, policymakers and mayors which understand the importance of maker centered learning and are actively supporting it through advocacy and the development of new commitments.
4. Distributing valuable data and research
Developing a comprehensive, crowdsourced landscape on the state of maker centered learning, including key research and findings which demonstrate the value for additional stakeholders to get involved moving forward.
5. Publicly showcasing the impact and progress of maker centered learning
Celebrating the power of maker centered learning across the U.S. and announcing new commitments and expanded support for this work in a high profile way.