The Classroom Makers project encourages and supports educators working to integrate the maker philosophy into classroom learning. Students create, invent and learn using a variety of supplies, allowing them to build prototype solutions to real-world challenges, answer questions, fail and retry – all while collaborating with their classmates.
The Classroom Makers project believes that all humans are makers with the inclination and capacity to shape one’s world through building, tinkering, redesigning, or hacking.
From the national stage to local Michigan classrooms, students can experience the integration of the maker ethos that reinforces engagement, student empowerment, curiosity, encourages a willingness to learn, and to create in a low-pressure environment. Teachers who have embraced the maker mindset are seeing improved student outcomes.
Classroom Makers offers workshops and its Maker Summit (held annually in June) to help educators understand the pedagogical uses for “maker” resources in the classroom, how maker activities support Michigan content standards, and how to begin implementing the core ideas with students. Classroom Makers helps with program expenses by offering maker focused tools, resources, and opportunities available through local REMC centers. REMC SAVE offers maker technology, supplies, and furniture at substantial savings, too!
Adding Value by Adding Maker
What is the value of adding Making to your classroom? Do you want to implement Making in your classroom but need to get your building principal or other administrators on board? We are here to help! Check out these articles discussing the benefits of classroom Making.
Supporting the Teacher Maker Movement
Edutopia’s Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes an open letter to principals outlining the benefits of providing maker spaces and integrating maker curriculum. She also advocates for the value of making for teachers. The author outlines eight ways principals can support teachers employing the maker pedagogy in their classroom.
How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery
Follow teacher Laura Kretschmar's deep dive into a maker environment to encourage collaboration, communication, and coding. A math teacher at Lighthouse Community Charter in Oakland, California, Kretschmar gives her students a rubric with goals and some program instructions. The rest is for the students to figure out through trial and error. "Our goal is not to create more scientists and engineers; it's to leave doors open for kids," said Kretschmar.
Maker Education and Experiential Education
In her blog “User Generated Education,” Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. examines Experiential Education, Maker Education, and the philosophy and writings of John Dewey. She illustrates students' ability to draw connections to their learning and community solutions that are relevant to them.
If you are looking for more research, visit, MakerEd. We also recommend the following books…
- Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary S. Stager Ph.D.
- Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer & A. J. Juliani
- Makeology by Kylie Peppler, Erica Rosenfeld Halverson, & Yasmin B. Kafai
- Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape their Worlds by Edward P. Clapp, Jennifer O. Ryan, Jessica Ross, and Shari Tishman
- Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School (Corwin Connected Educators Series), by Laura Fleming
Try Before You Buy
The 28 local REMCs located across Michigan have many maker resources available for educators to try prior to purchasing. Local REMC s have extensive collections of maker kits including Bloxels, Dot and Dash, Eris 3D Printer, Hue Camera and Green Screen, Keva Planks, Little Bits, Makey Makey, Ozobots, Strawbees, and Sphero. Your REMC director can assist you with professional learning related to the maker kits. Contact your local REMC center to learn how to check out these maker items to try in your classroom and/or building.
Buy your Maker Kits using REMC SAVE discounts
Educators ready to build their own maker classroom or collection should check out www.remcsave.org to find deep discounts on popular maker kit items such as Bloxels, Dot and Dash, Eris 3D Printer, Hue Camera and Green Screen, Keva Planks, Little Bits, Makey Makey, Ozobots, Strawbees, Sphero, plus maker supplies and furniture.
CLASSROOM MAKERS CONTACTS
Maker to Math: Play with Math Through Sport 8:30 AM to 3:00 PMMaker to Math: Play with Math Through SportDate: Feb 25Time: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PMLocation: Kalamazoo RESA, 1819 E. Milham Avenue Portage, MICost: FreeCalendar: Play with Math Through Sport
Math is everywhere. Many educators struggle with being creative in math lessons. Having students play with math, will help educators improve their teaching and help students be engaged with hands-on, fun, math. Attendees will be able to improve math learning through play and have the opportunity to create high quality, engaging instructional environments where they will have the right tools and a rich source of information to help with their students success. Each training participant will receive one Sphero Bolt and one Dribble Up Smart Ball of their choice.
Promoting STEM Through LiteratureDate: Apr 21Time: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PMLocation: Marquette-Alger RESA (REMC 21), 321 E. Ohio St., Marquette MI 49855Cost: FreeCalendar: Promoting STEM Through Literature
Use literature to get your students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. Develop their inquiry and problem-solving skills, while helping them see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things! We will walk you through a lesson that begins with a reading activity and moves into the design thinking process, focusing on one of the Classroom Maker Kit items available for free checkout through your local REMC in Michigan. All of our lessons are available for free, as well as 6 SCECH's for attending 1 of these 6 locations.
Promoting STEM Through LiteratureDate: Apr 22Time: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PMLocation: Charlevoix-Emmet ISD (REMC 2N) Boyne City, 1313 Boyne Ave., Boyne City MI 49712Cost: FreeCalendar: Promoting STEM Through Literature
Promoting STEM Through LiteratureDate: May 6Time: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PMLocation: Gratiot-Isabella RESD, Winding Brook Conference CenterCost: FreeCalendar: Promoting STEM Through Literature
"Participation in the Digital Maker's training helped to give me ideas on how to use and implement Minecraft in my classroom and begin to dabble and experiment with greenscreen video creation. The practice there pushed me to make the initial investment. It also inspired me to begin to use Google Drawings to create vector images and selfies which has been a lot of fun with my classes."
Corunna Middle School
"I have brought in coding this year because of the Classroom Makers training. Before, I did not see how to integrate it successfully and meaningfully."
Third Grade and Technology - Spanish Immersion
Zeeland Christian School
"I was able to create a social media campaign for March is Reading Month, and an exciting and fun project for my 4th graders using the green screen."
Robert Kerr Elementary School
"The 3D printing training I went to drastically increased my confidence in using 3D printing with my students. At the beginning of the year, I had hoped I'd print one thing per 5th grader. We ended up doing much more."
Central Elementary School
Kenowa Hills Public Schools