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Mapping Elementary and Middle School Makerspace Enviorments to Curriculum Content through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering the Arts, and Mathematics) Challenge Cards

Brief Paper ID: 50464
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    Jennifer Miller
    University of North Texas/Birdville ISD

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

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