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- Shawn Jordan, Micah Lande, Arizona State University, College of Technology and InnovationJordan and Lande work with makers to create "Rube Goldberg machines," elaborate contraptions that perform simple tasks via complicated (and entertaining) processes. Together, they are working to determine whether making could represent a new pathway for young people and adults to enter STEM careers. Having worked with more than 1,000 makers, including students in the Navajo Nation, Jordan and Lande are proponents of the "STEAM" movement, which seeks to combine traditional STEM topics with art, humor, and storytelling.
- Margaret Honey, President and CEO, New York Hall of ScienceThe NY Hall of Science is a leader in the informal science education field with respect to making and maker spaces, research on learning that results from making, and convening diverse groups to envision the future of making and to support making in diverse communities. The NY Hall of Science works closely with representatives from formal and informal education, academia, engineering education, government and industry. The NY Hall of Science hosted the 2010 World Maker Faire.
- Marjorie Bequette and Gina Svarovsky, Science Museum of MinnesotaThe Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) is a leader in the informal science education community with respect to making. SMM focuses on designing and researching how to engage and sustain the participation of families from underrepresented groups in making. SMM approaches making as a do-it-yourself, grassroots entry point to designing and constructing real things through creativity, problem-solving and tool use, thereby broadening participation in STEM and, specifically, the engineering workforce.
- Jamie Bell, PI and Project Director for Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), Association of Science/Technology Centers CAISE, based at the Association Science Technology Centers, works with informal science entities around the nation to build the knowledge- and evidence-base for how making works in a variety of environments. CAISE connects with researchers representing the range of NSF-funded informal science education projects.
- Kimberly Sheridan and Erica Halverson, George Mason UniversityHalverson and Sheridan take an ethnographic and design-based approach to understanding how and what people learn from participation in maker spaces (physical locations where people get together to make things) and explores the features of those environments that can be leveraged to better promote learning.
- Paulo Blikstein, Stanford UniversityDigital fabrication and making is a new chapter in the process of bringing powerful ideas and expressive media to schoolchildren. Yet the making that happens in classrooms is usually disconnected from what is known about promoting learning from such making. Blikstein is organizing a series of activities aimed at better understanding what is needed so that teachers will be better able to use making activities to promote learning and what research and development needs to be done to meet those needs.
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