Maker Studio offers the opportunity to develop skills in ideation, design, creativity, prototyping, and collaboration. These skills allow students to fully participate in shaping the world around them through deeper understanding of the possibilities and problems of new physical and information technologies. This course focuses on key design elements of the Maker movement, along with how Making supports science learning by providing opportunities to deepen engagement, intentionality, innovation, collaboration, and understanding.
Maker skills provide a powerful way to inspire students' interest, engagement, and understanding in science. The course is taught through cross-disciplinary hands-on projects where students will use a variety of maker tools including, but not limited to, 3D printing, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, and Makey Makeys. There will be a different instructor for each rotation, allowing the class to be taught by a panel of experts, where each instructor teaches a discrete unit. Students will reflect on each project, writing a concise summary of what they did, including their design process, issues encountered, and future applications of the skill. A digital portfolio will be kept throughout the class, and there will be periodic presentations of their projects. The course will culminate with an individual project that incorporates several of the skills learned throughout the course.