About Making

Katia working on her caneWhat is making?

Making or maker-centered learning refer to hands-on, student-driven learning. In a maker-centered classroom, students explore questions that they come up with and apply what they learn to real-world problems.  By experimenting with materials and reflecting on their observations, students learn more deeply.

 

Why should students make?

1) Agency – Students own their learning by becoming aware of opportunities to affect change.

“Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.”

– Steve Jobs

People shape the world around them, from everyday objects like computers to local city councils. When students make, they begin to see the design aspect of the world, opportunities to affect positive change in the community, and themselves as individuals who can bring about this change.

2) Constructionism – Students learn content and skills more deeply  

When students make, they are learning in a way that gives them a meaningful context for knowledge.  They are coming up with questions, independently discovering ideas, and solving personal and community problems. The result is deep understanding of subject material.

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