Category: Maker Education

So, You’re Starting a Makerspace. Now What?

Starting a makerspace can feel overwhelming.  And, because maker education is still a relatively new concept (although the theory behind it has...

Ideas for Integrating Science and Making

I have a confession. Growing up, I didn’t enjoy science. As an adult looking back on my science classes, I can see that I didn’t like it...

4 Ways to Bring the Real World into Classrooms

One of my favorite courses in my art history graduate school program was Museum Studies. It was one of the only classes I took that felt...

Using Picture Books to Engage in STEM/STEAM

When I worked at a children’s science center, my favorite time of the year was summer camp season. We ran seven weeks of summer camps every year...

Making Poetry: Using Maker Ed in Creative Writing

I can still remember the groans I would hear when I told my sixth graders it was time to learn about poetry. Poetry often brings out emotion,...

Building a Classroom Community Through Maker Education

True, deep learning involves risk taking. It involves trial and error. Sometimes we must ask for help, and it doesn’t always come easily....

Planning for Maker Education in the Classroom and Makerspace

When I first started facilitating making experiences with students, one of the challenges I found was that I didn’t really know how to plan for...

Key Strategies for Maker Education

While I have always had a passion for student engagement and relationship-building, when I first started classroom teaching, I took a more...

Breaking the Rules to Explore Games in Learning

I’m a rule follower. I always have been. When I was a kid, I would get so nervous I would sweat when I thought someone wasn’t following the rules,...

Making Connections With Literacy and Maker Education

There are many obvious connections between STEM and making, but as Dr. John Spencer writes in one of his blog posts, “Too often, we associate...

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