1. Edna Tan
  2. Associate Professor
  4. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Michigan State University
  1. Angela Calabrese Barton
  2. http://invincibility.us
  3. Professor
  5. Michigan State University

Equitably-Consequential Making among Youth from historically marginalized com...

NSF Awards: 1712834

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

This video shows the progress of our longitudinal project centered on co-creating  youth-driven, community focused STEM-rich making spaces with minoritized youth, including recently resettled refugee youth. We are concerned with understanding the possibilities for equity-oriented and STEM-rich making for youth from historically marginalized communities. Given the proliferation of makerpaces across the country, including their growing inclusion in school settings, we seek to contribute new knowledge and practice for transforming the maker culture in ways that are both equitable and consequential for such youth, expanding the ecology of making and the maker movement. We are guided by 2 questions: 

  1. How does community engagement as a part of STEM-rich making impact what, how and why youth choose to make?
  2. What are the outcomes of youths’ making practices with regards to their communities, and with regards to shaping the making culture in their community making spaces?

The youth and making spaces featured in these videos have been our research partners for at least 5 years, where weekly making programming have taken place throughout the academic year. Youth-makers range in age from 10 to 16. The norms and practices of these making spaces, including parts of the making processes and artifacts that youth created, are highlighted. 

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