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 Post-Doc. in Education - Curriculum Matching to Making Activities and Kits
  • Alex Berman Ph.D. Student, CSE - Technology Design, Making, Curriculum Matching to Activities and Kits
  • Maio Suarez Ph.D. Student, Teaching, Learning and Culture - Curriculum Matching to Making Activities and Kits
  • Paloma Rodriguez MS Student Researcher, Visualization - Technology Design, Making, Making Kit Manufacture, Design Documentation
  • Stephen Martinez Undergraduate Student Researcher, ETID - Technology Design, Making, Materials Acquisition, Making Kit Manufacture

Kit Production Team

  • Alex Berman Ph.D. Student, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Paloma Rodriguez MS Student Researcher, Visualization
  • Stephen Martinez Undergraduate Student Researcher, ETID
  • Estefany Hernandez Undergraduate Student Researcher, ETID
  • Faculty Supervisors: Dr. Francis Quek and Dr. Sharon Chu

Classroom Support Team

  • Dr. Beth Deuermeyer Post-Doc. in Education - Classroom Activity Coordinator
  • Alex Berman Ph.D. Student, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Maio Suarez Ph.D. Student, Teaching, Learning and Culture
  • Faculty Supervisors: Dr. Francis Quek and Dr. Sharon Chu

Data Management Team

  • Dr. Beth Deuermeyer Post-Doc. in Education - Liaisons to classroom data capture
  • Niloofar Zarei Ph.D. Student, Computer Science and Engineering - Data management coordinator
  • Osazuwa Okundaye Ph.D. Student, Architecture/Visualization
  • Faculty Supervisors: Dr. Francis Quek, Dr. Sharon Chu

Data Analysis Team

  • Dr. Beth Deuermeyer Post-Doc. in Education - 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


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

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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