The Maker Movement; no other large scale movement has captured American culture, educational landscapes, weekend festivals, and industry. Makerspaces, rooms or buildings that look like old High School Industrial Arts’ shops mashed up with fabrication and design labs, are popping up all around the United States. Michigan, perhaps more than any other state thanks to the large presence of the automotive and other manufacturing industries, has been making significant changes to existing Career and Technical Programs to build these spaces; transforming old industrial learning spaces, renovating media centers, and creating kid-friendly “tinker” spaces at the elementary level within schools. Community Makerspaces have begun to spring up across the state as well.

As we begin to re-imagine how traditional career and technical education is being revamped for the 21st century, and begin to introduce more hands-on and exploratory learning for students of all ages, what can we do to capture the energy of the Maker Movement, and harness it for sustained learning and exploration in our schools? Sara Beauchamp-Hicks, Technology Instructor for Waverly Schools and a Maker enthusiast, led us through a conversation about bringing the Maker Movement into our schools.

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