Transforming K-12 History Instruction through the Use of Digital Fabrication
Wednesday, March 23 5:30 PM-7:00 PM Location: Harborside Center
Presider: Mehmet Ali Ozer, New Mexico State University, United States
Abstract: This poster reflects the first few months of work on a National Science Foundation grant project (NSF 1510289) that seeks to introduce digital fabrication technology into middle school classrooms. Digital fabrication technology is being introduced in school districts across the US because educators are beginning to realize its tremendous potential as an instructional tool. However, most schools limit the in-class use of this new technology to STEM courses because they do not understand how digital fabrication can be applied in other fields. We believe that digital fabrication can have as substantial an impact on instruction in the humanities, namely history, as it has had on STEM instruction. Moreover, we believe that with the aid of digital fabrication, history and STEM education can be complementary and collaborative.