1. Angela Calabrese Barton
  2. http://invincibility.us
  3. Professor
  5. Michigan State University, Boys and Girls Club of Lansing
  1. Edna Tan
  3. UNC Greensboro

Making 4 Change: Becoming Community Engineering Experts through Makerspaces a...

NSF Awards: 1421116

2015 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8

Making for Change (M4C) involves the development and study an innovative informal engineering learning model to engage middle school youth from underrepresented backgrounds in engineering for sustainable communities. The primary goals are to support youth in developing productive identities in engineering, while also learning the hybrid practices that make up engineering for sustainable communities. Our model involves youth iteratively and generatively engaging in maker spaces and community ethnography to make sense of local problems and design solutions for them, while also connecting into a broader social network of experts. Data sources will include: Interviews (individual and group) with youth and other participating adults, observation of M4C sessions, collection of student work, and a youth survey. We hypothesize that iteratively moving between makerspaces and community ethnography will support youth in metacognitively reflecting upon a) what they know and need to know to define problems and design solutions, b) their developing engineering identities, and c) the potential agency they have to make change in their community. The project is being carried out at Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs in Lansing and Greensboro. We have recruited 36 youth (18/site) who will participate over 2 years.

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