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Maker Education

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

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  • Using Open-Ended Materials to Spark Curiosity

    By designing learning experiences with a wide variety of loose parts, teachers make room for conversations—and relationships—to flourish.
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  • Fostering Inclusion With a Student-Designed Sensory Path

    When kids collaborated on making a sensory path for their school, what started as an occupational therapy zone became a welcoming, playful space that benefited all students.
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  • How Students Can Tell Their Story on the Class Bulletin Board

    Hallway bulletin boards are often created by teachers, but giving students more control nurtures their sense of belonging.
    Charmaine Shortt
    441
  • Setting Up a Learning Hub to Innovate Instruction

    High school teachers can support engagement and innovation with STEAM and career-focused activities that tap into students’ curiosity.
    227
  • Encouraging Students to Take Creative Risks With Technology

    Middle school students can reprogram toys at maker events to develop a sense of the importance of persistence and problem-solving.
    213
  • 12 Picture Books to Motivate Young Makers

    Books that inspire students to turn materials like cardboard, wood, and fabric scraps into feats of engineering and resourcefulness.
    371
  • Learning Problem Solving and Growth Mindset in a Makerspace

    Makerspaces build students’ cognitive abilities while fostering independence, perseverance, and self-regulation.
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  • 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.”
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  • Using Science to Bring Literature to Life

    Combining science and literature can help students engage more deeply with both subjects.
    4.6k
  • A Makerspace Built by Elementary Students

    Third graders designed a makerspace for their school. Then they got their budget approved and built it.
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  • 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.
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  • Designed for Engagement

    A school district uses monthly missions in its design studios to increase student and teacher engagement and foster self-directed learning.
    3.1k
  • Designing a School Makerspace

    An approach to defining and designing the right space for your school.
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  • Using a Makerspace for English and Humanities Instruction

    Turning abstract concepts like symbolism and imagery into 3D representations develops deeper understanding and engagement.
    1.9k
  • 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.
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