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.

  • Using a Makerspace for English and Humanities Instruction

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

    Makerspaces build students’ cognitive abilities while fostering independence, perseverance, and self-regulation.
  • The Science Classroom Makerspace

    In freshman biology, lab work and design thinking come together through maker education.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Using Science to Bring Literature to Life

    Combining science and literature can help students engage more deeply with both subjects.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Assessing Learning in Maker Education

    A look at how maker education is assessed—and how assessment is evolving to measure more than just content.
  • Architecture, Psychology... and Furniture?

    Follow the process as psychology and architecture classes join forces to design and build furniture for their high school's new learning spaces.