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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
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, University of North Texas/Birdville ISD, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, TX, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-27-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

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.

Citation

Miller, J. (2017). Mapping Elementary and Middle School Makerspace Enviorments to Curriculum Content through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering the Arts, and Mathematics) Challenge Cards. In P. Resta & S. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1357-1364). Austin, TX, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 23, 2019 from .

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