1. Dagen Valentine
  2. https://epd.unl.edu/profile/dvalentine2
  3. Innovation & Entrepreneurship Educator
  5. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Extension/4-H Youth Development
  1. Bradley Barker
  2. Professor
  4. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska Innovation Maker Co-laboratory

NSF Awards: 1723520

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

The Nebraska Innovation Maker Co-laboratory project provides opportunities for teams of youth and mentors to collaborate regardless of geographic location and to creatively problem solve and innovate.  We advance a high-risk model of connectedness and social innovation using two main strategies: virtual collaborative spaces and robotic telepresence, to provide rural youths and their communities access to the Maker movement. A component of the model utilizes telepresence robotics for more focused one-on-one collaboration with experts and mentors in the physical Makerspace. We see this model as high-risk because: a) it combines two relatively new technologies to create distance-based social interactions between learners and mentors in the Maker context, b) it serves a relatively small number of learners as compared to urban-based Makerspaces, and c) it explores the use of virtual tools to make physical things in collaborative environments.

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