Making The Maker

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Making theMaker: A Pathway to STEM for Elementary School Students

Project Team

Faculty PIs

  • Dr. Francis Quek: PI. TEILab Director, Professor of Visualization, By Courtesy: Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Professor of Psychology
  • Dr. Sharon Lynn Chu: Co-PI. Asst. Professor of Visualization, By Courtesy: Asst. Professor of Psychology
  • Dr. Lynn Burlbaw: Co-PI. Professor of Teaching, Learning and Culture
  • Dr. Patricia Larke: Co-PI. Professor of Teaching, Learning and Culture
  • Dr. Rebecca Schlegel: Co-PI. Assoc. Professor of Psychology

Other Participants

Curriculum Matching and Making Kit Design Team

  • Dr. Beth Deuermeyer Assistant Research Scientist - Curriculum Matching to Making Activities and Kits
  • Alex Berman Ph.D. Student, CSE - Technology Design, Making, Curriculum Matching to Activities and Kits
  • Austin Welborn "Lab Manager"
  • Lauren Santarelli Ph.D. Student, Teaching, Learning and Culture - Curriculum Matching to Making Activities and Kits


Kit Production Team

  • Austin Welborn "Lab Manager"
  • Alex Berman Ph.D. Student, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Faculty Supervisors: Dr. Francis Quek and Dr. Sharon Chu

Classroom Support Team

  • Dr. Beth Deuermeyer Assistant Research Scientist - Classroom Activity Coordinator
  • Alex Berman Ph.D. Student, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Skylar Deady "Research Assistant" - Undergraduate Research Assistant Coordinator
  • Lauren Santarelli Ph.D. Student, Teaching, Learning and Culture
  • Faculty Supervisors: Dr. Francis Quek and Dr. Sharon Chu

Data Management Team

  • Dr. Beth Deuermeyer Assistant Research Scientist - Liaisons to classroom data capture
  • Austin Welborn "Lab Manager" - Data management coordinator
  • Faculty Supervisors: Dr. Francis Quek, Dr. Sharon Chu

Data Analysis Team

  • Dr. Beth Deuermeyer Assistant Research Scientist - Coordination of psychology undergraduate data coding
  • Kaiyuan Chen Ph.D. Student, Psychology
  • All team member graduate students - Analysis to support their research and publications
  • Faculty Supervisors: Dr. Francis Quek, Dr. Sharon Chu, and Dr. Rebecca Schlegel

Project Overview

SITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION -- Francis Quek

This project investigates Making-oriented learning of STEM subjects in a pubic elementary school setting. We address the dual goals of supporting the process of learning and of development of

In the process of our work in the schools, we have developed a List of Designed Maker Activities.

A key challenge to Making-based learning in formal education is that Making values innovation, creation, and discovery, and is typically learner driven, while modern public education is characterized by accountability and assessment with respect to standards-driven learning goals. Hence, most Making-oriented programs are conducted in such venues as workshops, community-based Makerspaces, museums, after-school programs, and paid Maker classes. This poses issues of equity as participants are self-selected through parents who see the value of Making, and have the resources to bring their children to these venues.

A key feature of this research is that we

For our activity list, click here Here

Acknowledgements

This project is partially supported by NSF grant Strategies: Making the Maker: A Pathway to STEM for Elementary School Students, DRL-1433770'.

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