Making the Maker: A Pathway to STEM for Elementary School Students

Faculty:Sharon Lynn Chu
Project Description:Building on the highly energized Maker movement, this project has been exploring ways to integrate Making technologies in the formal science school curricula such that all children in the public school system can benefit from the impact of the Maker movement on education. Most Maker education interventions take place in informal settings such as summer camps, libraries, museums and afterschool programs. This project is in collaboration with Texas A&M University. For four years, students from an elementary and an intermediate school in Texas have been engaged in projects that require them to use basic electronics, 3D fabrication and programming to construct materials to perform their science experiments in their science classes. As from the next academic year, we will investigate the integration of sensors and IoT technologies as part of the students’ Maker toolset to enable further learning of science.