Maker Education is an outgrowth of the “Maker Movement,” which began about 10 years ago with the launch of MAKE: Magazine and the first Maker Faires. Comparable to DIY, but done in community, comparable to DIY, but with an emphasis on community, its values include self-reliance, innovation, and curiosity. “Making” is a big umbrella covering anything you create and not just consume — from cooking to coding.
Maker Education can be used to teach many skills, but most importantly, it teaches how to learn.
When you learn in a Maker style, you gain:
Here’s a taste of the research supporting the benefits of Maker-style education. No studies have yet been completed of Maker-style education specifically (we’re doing one this fall, funded by Google CS Open — if you’re reading this THANK YOU), but many of its components have been. These are: