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How To Start Making

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How To Start
MAKING
"MAKERSPACES are informal sites for creative production in art, science, engineering where people of all ages blend digital and physical technologies to explore ideas, learn technical skills, and create new products" (Sheridan, Halverson, Litts, Brahms, Jacobs-Priebe & Owens ,2014, p. 505).
In MAKING, learning is the product of play, experimentation, and authentic inquiry. People who make construct knowledge through the act of making something that is shareable (Halverson & Sheridan, 2014, p. 497,498).
"The great promise of the MAKER MOVEMENT in education is to democratize access to the discourses of power that accompany becoming a producer of artifacts. Especially when those artifacts use twenty-first-century technologies" (Halverson & Sheridan, 2014, p. 500).
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What do you need to
MAKE
Space
Materials
People
Multiple spaces with different foci
Outsiders can see into the various spaces to peak curiosity
Examples of work are on display to inspire
Open to the public / community
Make tools available: sewing machines, welders, computers, cameras, laser cutters, 3d printers, saws, hammers, etc
Re-purpose!
Draw on experience of others
Teach others what you know
Collaborate on projects
Share what you are doing with the community & the world
Gather materials: wood, plastic, cardboard, fabric, yarn, tape, wire, motors, Legos, etc
Educate in the art of
MAKing
Individual Exploration
Collaborative Projects
Focused Workshops
Online Support
GROW
your skills
If you
MAKE
will
Iterative Design
Problem Solving
Fine Arts
Digital Fabrication
Engineering
Physical Fabrication
Perserverence
Computer Science
Knowledge Sharing
Collaboration
Model Building
Resource Sharing
Multi-Disciplinary
Idea Revision
Entrepreneurship
Giving & Receiving Feedback
Social Interaction
Asking Questions
Finding Answers
Addressing Community Needs
Building Relationships
Innovation
Leadership
References:
Halverson, E.R. & Sheridan, K. (2014). The maker movement in education. Harvard Educational Review, 84(4), 495-465.
Sheridan, K. Halverson, E.R., Litts, B.K., Brahms, L, Jacobs-Priebe, L., & Owens, T. (2014) Learning in the making: A comparative case-study of three maker spaces. Harvard Educational Review, 84(4), 505-565.