why Maker learning?
Hands-on, creative, and design-centered learning are elements of “maker learning.” Maker learning, and its core values of agency, authenticity and, audience, is important to teachers, leaders, parents, and especially students because it has the power to:
- Increase access, interest, and skills in STEM, particularly for diverse communities;
- Promote social and emotional learning by building empathy and perspective taking abilities through user-centered design thinking practice;
- Personalize, engage, and facilitate student voice and choice; and
- Catalyze interdisciplinary experiences and make curriculum more relevant.