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- NSF funds making-related activities across fields.
- NSF invests millions of dollars in making-related activities and research each year: To date, NSF has awarded $2.5 million in fiscal year 2014, and expects to have substantial additional investment by the end of the fiscal year.
- NSF partners with academic institutions, other federal agencies and industry to promote access to making tools, spaces, collaborators, mentors and advisors, and to study the impact on learning.
- NSF adheres to a public access policy, fostering the democratization of knowledge and resources, a core tenet of making.
- spur innovation across a broad range of technologies, leading to the creation of small businesses.
- provide a better understanding of who participates in making, in what contexts, how and why.
- study the outcomes of making and participation in making, including the development of metrics and instrumentation.
- enhance the understanding and practice of how making can foster STEM learning.
- seek to understand how making can be leveraged to broaden participation in all areas and types of STEM interests and careers.
- NSF will highlight opportunities to support research and education in these and other topics across the agency, building on the significant investments that it has already made.
- NSF will organize a making summit to convene researchers and practitioners, including representatives from organizations such as community maker spaces, engineering schools, libraries and museums, and manufacturers.
- NSF will continue to award making-related grants, including those to:
- Leverage existing relationships with universities and industry to encourage integration of maker activities and spaces into the school curriculum and in out-of-school environments.
- Develop technologies and kits that promote student engagement in design, advanced manufacturing and STEM.
- Broaden participation in making by individuals from underrepresented groups.
- Develop an evidence-driven knowledge base about effective learning outcomes.
Aaron Dubrow, NSF, (703) 292-4489, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria C. Zacharias, NSF, (703) 292-8454, email@example.com
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