George Lucas Educational Foundation

Maker Education

How are educators harnessing the energy of the maker movement to inspire student exploration across multiple subjects? Discover resources and share advice.

  • A Novel Approach to World Language Study

    To give students a deeper sense of the culture they study, a high school Latin teacher has them build a model of an aqueduct.
    Alex Pearson
  • Using a Makerspace for English and Humanities Instruction

    Turning abstract concepts like symbolism and imagery into 3D representations develops deeper understanding and engagement.
  • Learning Problem Solving and Growth Mindset in a Makerspace

    Makerspaces build students’ cognitive abilities while fostering independence, perseverance, and self-regulation.
  • Makers Of The World: Engaging Kids Through Building and Design

    Emily Pilloton, Founder of Studio H, a design/build class at REALM Charter School and Girls Garage both in Berkeley, California, describes how she “knew there were things about architecture and design that could have a deep impact in the classroom.”
  • Designed for Engagement

    A school district uses monthly missions in its design studios to increase student and teacher engagement and foster self-directed learning.
  • A Makerspace Built by Elementary Students

    Third graders designed a makerspace for their school. Then they got their budget approved and built it.
  • Designing a School Makerspace

    An approach to defining and designing the right space for your school.
  • Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch

    Successfully launching a school makerspace includes community buy-in, generating a student buzz, finding cheap or free resources, and building maker activities into the curriculum.
  • 5 Reasons Why Origami Improves Students' Skills

    Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has applications in the modern-day classroom for teaching geometry, thinking skills, fractions, problem solving, and fun science.
  • Arts Integration: Resource Roundup

    All points of arts integration -- from benefits and implementation to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blog posts, articles, and videos.
  • Using Science to Bring Literature to Life

    Combining science and literature can help students engage more deeply with both subjects.
  • 9 Ways to Inspire Student Inventors

    A collection of ideas to consider as you work to fuel your students’ curiosity.
  • Climb Aboard: School Buses Reimagined

    Mobile greenhouses, art studios, and makerspaces are traveling to underserved kids across the nation—salvaging vulnerable school programs and leveling the playing field to access.
  • 6 Reasons Why Puppets Will Change Your Classroom Forever

    Puppet-based learning teaches students design thinking, growth mindset, writing, how to work in sharable media, and how to approach learning without fear. Plus, it's fun!
  • 4 Practices for Increasing Student Engagement

    Spend the first five minutes of each class focusing on your students as people. Then keep them engaged through the agency of makerspaces, PBL, or Genius Hour/20 Time.