1. Eli Tucker-Raymond
  2. https://www.terc.edu/display/Staff/Eli+Tucker-Raymond
  3. Research Scientist
  5. TERC
  1. Brian Gravel
  2. Assistant Professor
  4. Tufts University
  1. Aditi Wagh
  2. Postdoctoral Researcher
  4. Tufts University

Investigating STEM Literacies in Makerspaces

NSF Awards: 1422532

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Undergraduate, Adult learners, Informal / multi-age

Investigating STEM Literacies in MakerSpaces (STEMLiMS) aims to learn about how people in makerspaces use representations to help them do their work, design and plan for making, solve problems, find information, and share their work with others. We name this use of representations in social contexts as literacies. Representations might include such things as written notes, sketches, webpages, oral language, diagrams, and 3D models. STEMLiMS is three years of observation in six different makerspace contexts. Year 1 we spent observing a large adult makerspace and a small engineering firm. Year 2 we are at urban community centers in that have makerspaces for youth, including one fabrication lab and one computer center. Year 3 we will be in school-based makerspaces, one for elementary and junior high students and one for high school students. In years 2 and 3 we will also develop literacy practice supports based on our observations. We want to support young people in their making and help schools think about how making is related to and expands school-valued skills, such as knowing how to find information, how to think metacognitively, and how to clearly express oneself and one’s ideas.

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