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The Maker Movement

By Cassie Grooms, Event Marketing Intern

maker experienceHave you heard about the Maker Movement? It is a unique movement that could change the face of education. The theory is that people learn differently when they actually make something such as a learning how to program a video game. It presents a challenge for each student to figure out how the working parts fit together to make it work. It encourages children to solve problems through deep critical thinking and to construct large ideas that they might not have thought of if they were taught by simple lectures.

According to Sylvia Libow Martinez’s article titled “How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education,” the amount of different opportunities that these children have to choose from when constructing a project, it is ideal for young girls who do not enjoy science or math. It is a stealthy way to teach them these concepts without them realizing they are actually learning.

Different take-aways that kids will get from this movement include ownership, personal learning, and dynamic design. Essentially, this movement is another way teachers can integrate different art forms into their curriculums.

So tell us, what do you think about the Maker Movement?

November 18, 2014
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