The Maker Movement: Taking Learning to the Next Level

It’s no secret that the maker movement is equipping a new generation of “doers” with innovative tools to succeed. These tools include everything from CNC fabrication and 3D printing to programming and DIY hardware development. Makers are fueled by inspiration to design and fabricate new innovations from scratch.

Makers as Educators

Truly innovative educators are makers themselves and have fully embraced this maker movement. In fact they are often the biggest champions of bringing makerspaces to the classroom. Lets take a look at a three ways maker culture can transform education for the better.

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Three Ways Maker Culture is Transforming Education

  1. Failure is OK: This in and of itself can be transformative. According to leading psychologist Augustin Fuentes, failure is essential for growth. When students are thrust into a project, they are forced to sometimes fail–and even embrace their failure in the process. Failure is built into the problem-solving process in a new and healthy way that helps students succeed.
  2. Students Learn by Doing: Makers are always learning new ways of doing things. The big idea is that there is always a better way. Allowing students to tinker, empowers them to learn and innovate in the real world. For example, many curriculum plans are built to prepare students for what comes next. Maker culture forces the learner to engage in what’s going on right now. As a result, they engage and learn in the present. Real-time, in-the-moment problem solving is an invaluable skill for tomorrow’s opportunities.
  3. “We” is Smarter Than “Me”: Collaboration is key for any type of group effort. Makers not only embrace this, but they love it. Collaboration breathes life into a stale project. Students who embrace a collaborative spirit are prepared for the non-traditional work culture of the future. Additionally, it encourages community. Students are not stuck hoarding their ideas. Instead, they bravely share their ideas and learn new things from their peers. In other words true makers are always sharing what they know with rest of the world.

Whether you’re leading students through a 3D printing project or introducing a new programming language, you can turn your students on to the Maker Movement in an engaging and impactful way. Take a look at these online educational resources to learn how Autodesk can help you turn your students into tomorrow’s makers.