Lesson 2: Learning through Doing
Making encourages students to take learning into their own hands. Explore the topics and skills that can be taught using makerspaces and the projects, tools, and materials needed.
- Bringing your Makerspace to Life through STEM presented by TIES Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM: Sample STEM projects and associated skills, machines, and tools
- Using Crafts-Based Making to Learn Entrepreneurship Skills and More presented by Etsy Manufacturing: The art of designing maker projects to build skills and optimize learning, featuring a case study at Etsy workshop
- Maker Ed, Maker Ed Resource Library, “Projects & Learning Approaches”
- Make: Magazine, “Projects” (includes projects across technology, craft & design, science, and more)
- Autodesk, “Project Ignite”
- Maker Ed, Makerspace Playbook, Ch. 6, “Practices”, Ch. 7, “A Year in Making”, and Ch. 8, “Projects”
- The New York Times, “Wood Shop Enters the Age of High-Tech”
- The Wall Street Journal, “Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer”
- Assignment redesign: What assignment could be enhanced through a maker project? For inspiration, see Make: Magazine’s project page and Makerspace Playbook, Ch. 6 “Practices” and Ch. 8 “Projects”
- Making skills: What real world skills could you learn through making? How could a makerspace project teach this skill either directly or through the process of making?
- Users: What subjects, grade levels, co-curricular organizations, and extracurricular clubs would benefit from making? Provide an example of how they could use your space.
- Maker Projects in Education
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