Making connections: facilitating learning through making

MAKESHOP, 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Maker Educators play an essential role in supporting learning in makerspaces and through maker programs through facilitation.

This card game is designed to encourage discussion about three factors related to the facilitation of maker-based learning experiences: the learners, the learning objectives, and the strategies educators use to facilitate learners’ engagement towards a particular learning objective. 

The game was developed through a partnership between the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at Carnegie Mellon University. ETC provided a design team of master’s students to work with the museum. The design team observed learners in MAKESHOP to identify different types of learners as well as to better understand how the MAKESHOP team used facilitation within the space. Through an iterative process of sharing cards and game mechanics with the MAKESHOP team, the learner types and facilitation strategies were paired with the learning practices, which already served as foundational learning engagement goals for MAKESHOP. 


Lesson planning template

Little Makers,

New York Hall of Science

Foe each Little Makers workshop, the Early Childhood Residents create a planning and logistics guide, which includes:

Theme/Topic: a one or two sentence description of the workshop’s theme, materials, tools, processes and science concepts

Key STEM concepts and learning objectives: What should students know, understand, and be able to do at the end of the lesson?

Vocabulary:  a set of new terms that Residents and Explainers can introduce or stress during the workshop

Materials: a detailed list of the supplies needed at each station, include story books, craft materials, tools, and technology

Core Lesson: step-by-step instructions to setup and facilitate each station, including guiding questions Explainers can ask to spark family conversations, spur deeper thinking, elicit learners’ prior knowledge and emerging ideas, and share their thinking

Variations for Diverse Audiences: suggestions for simple changes in materials, preparation, vocabulary and facilitation to differentiate an activity for the youngest visitors (18 months to 3 years old), children with disabilities, and English language learners

Educator Background: An in-depth compilation of science concepts and background information on the history, properties and common uses of materials and tools.

References/Resources: a list of the websites, books, and other materials Residents found to inspire, research and develop the activities


Learning practices of making poster

MAKESHOP, 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

This poster lists the Learning Practices of Making to display in your program space, classroom or office.

 

 


Publications & Presentations

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Wardrip, P.S. & Brahms, L. (2014). Mobile MAKESHOP: Preliminary findings from two school sites. Poster presentation at Fablearn: Conference on Creativity and Digital Fabrication in Education. Stanford, Ca.

Wardrip, P. S., & Brahms, L. (2015, June). Learning practices of making: developing a framework for design. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (pp. 375-378). ACM

CHAPTERS

Brahms, L., & Crowley, K. (2016). Making sense of making: Defining learning practices in MAKE Magazine. In Peppler, K., Halverson, E. & Kafai, Y. (Eds.), Makeology: Makers as Learners (pp. 13-28). New York, NY: Routledge.

Brahms, L., & Crowley, K. (2016). Learning to make in the museum: The role of maker educators. In Peppler, K., Halverson, E. & Kafai, Y. (Eds.). Makeology: Makerspaces as Learning Environments (pp. 15-29). New York, NY: Routledge.

Wardrip, P.S., & Brahms, L. (2016). Making goes to school: A model for integrating making into classrooms. In Peppler, K., Halverson, E. & Kafai, Y. (Eds.). Makeology: Makerspaces as Learning Environments (pp. 97-106). New York, NY: Routledge.

Brahms, L. & Werner, J. (2013). Designing makerspaces for family learning in museums and science centers. In Honey, M., & Kanter, D. E. (Eds.). Design, make, play: Growing the next generation of STEM Innovators. (71-94). New York: Routledge.

REPORTS / WHITE PAPERS / NON-PEER REVIEWED

Brahms, L. & Werner, J. (2013). Designing makerspaces for family learning in museums and science centers. In Honey, M., & Kanter, D. E. (Eds.). Design, make, play: Growing the next generation of STEM Innovators. (71-94). New York: Routledge.

Brahms, L. & Wardrip, P.S. (2014). Learning practices of making: An evolving framework. A White Paper released by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with support from IMLS and the Sprout Fund. 

Brahms, L. J. (2014). Making as a learning process: Identifying and supporting family learning in informal settings (Doctoral dissertation, University of Pittsburgh).

Wardrip, P.S. Brahms, L., Reich, C. & Carrigan, T. (2016). Supporting learning in museum makerspaces: A national framework. Museum, Sept/Oct. p. 18-24.

Brahms, L. & Wardrip, P.S. (2016). Learning practices of making. Teaching Young Children, 9(6).

Brahms, L. & Wardrip, P.S. (2016). Making with young learners: An introduction. Teaching Young Children, 9(5) 

Brahms, L. & Wardrip, P.S (2016). The whats, hows, and whys of making. Teaching Young Children, 10(3)

SELECT PEER REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS

Brahms, L., Pattison, S., (June 2016). Approaches to Video Analysis: Studying Learning and Catalyzing Reflection, Visitor Studies Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA

Foley, C., Nielsen, H., Brahms, L., & Semmel, M., (May 2016). Museums, Creativity, and Evidence of Impact on People's Lives, American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting Washington, DC

Brahms, L., Letourmeau, S., Sobel, D., Martin, J., Wardrip, P.S., (May 2016). Exploring Exploration: A Dialogue Between Research and Practice, Association of Children’s Museums Conference, Stamford, CT.

Brahms, L., Wardrip, P.S. & Regalla, L. (October, 2015). Making as a Learning Process: Principles of Practice and Design. Association of Science and Technology Centers Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Brahms, L., Watson, J. & Wardrip, P. (May, 2015). Making as a Learning Process. Association of Children’s Museums Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Foutz, S., Thoma, C., Sriprachyanunt, W., Letourneau, S., Meisner, R., Brahms, L., Tison Povis, K., & Luke, J.J. (May, 2015). Using Research and Evaluation to Inform Practice with Exhibits. Association of Children’s Museums Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Wardrip, P. S. & Brahms, L. (October, 2014). Making as a Learning Process: Principles of Practice and Design. Fablearn: Digital Fabrication in Education, Palo Alto, CA.

Brahms, L. & Crowley, K. (March, 2014). Making as a Community Learning Practice: Textual Analysis of Make Magazine. In Symposium, Learning in the making: Studying, understanding and designing makerspaces. American Educational Research Association annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Brahms, L., & Jacbobs-Priebe. (March 2014). Trajectories of Family Learning Through Making. In Symposium, Pathways, trajectories, ecologies, oh my! Bridging theories and methods for studying youth learning lives. American Educational Research Association annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Gutwill, J., Brahms, L., Martin, L., Vossoughi , S., & Escude, M. (October, 2013). Learning Opportunities Through Making and Tinkering. Association of Science and Technology Centers Conference, Albuquerque, NM.