Mapping Elementary and Middle School Makerspace Enviorments to Curriculum Content through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering the Arts, and Mathematics) Challenge Cards
Abstract: Transformative STEM learning spaces have grown rapidly in schools, libraries, and museums as “Learning Labs” or “Makerspaces.” These spaces are designed to encourage deep engagement with STEM-integrated content, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration while sparking curiosity (Koh & Abbas, 2015). Challenges facing educators interested in providing innovative STEM practice through a classroom Makerspace experience include standardized testing, lack of teacher preparation, and limited access to technology and resources (Hira, Joslyn, & Hynes, 2014). This paper introduces an elementary and middle school project-based learning integrated curricular approach and Makers’ Guild professional development program that introduces participants to STEM career pathways using challenge cards.
Presider: Douglas Darby