Perceptions of University Students About Skills They Develop Through Maker Activities
Abstract: With the growing importance of preparing students to meet the demands of the digital economy and the worldwide maker movement that aims to develop innovation and creativity, universities are beginning to build makerspaces. These spaces generate a lot of excitement and enthusiasm because they offer state-of-the art equipment and they empower students to create almost anything. To understand the value-added of such spaces, we recruited 25 participants for a case study, to study their perceptions about the skills they develop through maker activities. Our preliminary findings revealed four sets of skills: emotional intelligence skills, social skills, intellectual skills and technical skills.