The maker movement's move into K-12

 //  Feb 28, 2014

The maker movement's move into K-12

Hundreds of thousands of people attend Maker Faires around the world every year -- events that celebrate creativity, inventiveness and resourcefulness, and let people show-and-tell the things that they've built. Now, kids and teachers are bringing the excitement and creativity of Maker Faires right into K-12 education.

The maker movement, where kids and adults make things ranging from old-fashioned puppets to homemade video game to projects created with a 3D printer, has been growing rapidly worldwide. But in the last several months, we've seen it crossing over into schools. In two articles in the new Winter issue of Scholastic Administrator magazine, we take you to the front lines.

You’ll visit 6 different locations, from Plano, Texas’s airplane hangar-sized space to New York City’s spare room, and discover how adults and children are mixing to reinvent learning. The second story, from Invent to Learn co-author Gary Stager, explains the basic concept of making, how to start a program in your school, and why this is a truly powerful way for students to learn.