Developing Maker Activity Models Across the Curriculum
Friday, March 30 10:15 AM-11:15 AM
STEM/STEAM education has seen major pedagogical investment over the past decade, shaping institutions and curricula even at the national level. The nascent Maker initiative, however, represents an upgrade of the role that applied science and creative skills play in education. Making answers a need for the diversification of assignments, focus on teamwork, rewards for intellectual risk-taking, and validation of students’ passions. In a Making-infused classroom, students are given the opportunity to choose the method by which they complete their assignments within specified parameters, allowing for individually paced, student-generated responses. Students are encouraged to explore problems by, literally, building their response. Teachers can expect students to encounter challenges in this construction process that will require rethinking and/or recalculation, an exercise that draws students deeper into the content. Making also provides a convenient opportunity for collaborative work, and well-chosen teams will feature a diversity of creative interests. Though more directly applicable to STEM classrooms, Making is feasible and useful in all subjects. In this roundtable discussion, we will discuss Making-based activities and assessment strategies, with a particular interest in non-STEM subjects. We expect to generate a set of Making-infused assignment models that are applicable across disciplines.