NSF EAGER Maker Summit


NSF EAGER Maker Summit: Charting the Future of Making in STEM Education

Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle

2460 Eisenhower Avenue

Alexandria, VA 22314 December 10 - 11, 2018



In December, nearly 60 NSF EAGER project PIs were invited to meet for two days and spent time exploring topics of interest to NSF and the Maker community. The event was designed to:

  • Connect PIs with colleagues to share ideas and resources, and discuss potential collaborations
  • Identify current issues in the Maker movement with respect to education
  • Identify important research issues and trends
  • Discuss NSF’s investments in the Maker movement
  • Recommend future directions for NSF research and development

All attendees were encouraged to read the report, “Envisioning the Future of the Maker Movement,” the result of a request from The White House Office of Science and Technology that NSF organize and fund a summit of key representatives of the Maker movement to develop recommendations for moving the movement forward.

The EAGER Maker Summit tackled similar themes over the course of two days, moving from synthesis of the current state of Making, to envisioning the future. Groups then set to work developing a “Call to Action,” to be shared with the broader Making community in a series of webinars. 

Use the tabs below to navigate to the meeting themes, conference materials, and resource library.

Summit Information

This resource library was initiated by the NSF EAGER Maker Summit (http://stelar.edc.org/nsf-eager-maker-summit). A goal of the Summit was to compile a comprehensive bibliography of resources in the Maker field.

Please share your resources! The resource library will remain open to additional submissions from your own body of work, or something that you feel would be important to share with the Maker community. If you have a Maker resource to share you can upload this via the following link: https://go.edc.org/maker-resources

Resource Titlesort ascending Abstract/Description Resource Type
Debugging open-ended designs: High school students’ perceptions of failure and success in an electronic textiles design activity

Research on productive failure has examined the dimensions which are most beneficial for students’ learning of well-defined canonical problems in math and science. But failure plays an equally important role in solving open-ended, or ill-defined, design problems that have become prominent in many STEM-oriented maker activities. In understanding the role of failure in openended design tasks, we draw on Kapur’s conceptualization of productive failure and connect it to research on the role of construction in learning. We report on findings from an eight-week long workshop with 16 high school... more

Connecting Space and Narrative in Culturally Responsive Making in ARIS with Indigenous Youth

Attending to issues of equity in making demands that we work closely with communities, focusing on what it is made, how it is made, for whom, and in what contexts. Rather than exploring making exclusively as a pathway to STEM learning, we examine how Indigenous youth learned about and documented community-based making using the Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling (ARIS) platform. Drawing on a range of qualitative data, we asked: (1) What did youth learn about makers, materials, and cultural meanings in their community? (2) What were the making processes of small groups of Native... more

Computational Thinking for Youth

The ITEST Small Working Group on Computational Thinking (CT) has completed its White Paper titled: Computational Thinking for Youth.  The paper aims to describe what computational thinking looks like when practiced by youth in ITEST and other NSF funded programs and how educators can support growth in computational thinking.  It shares examples of CT as observed in middle school projects.  It also shares observations in the form of a model that describes three stages that youth... more

An NSF Summary of the EAGER Maker Summit

STELAR hosted NSF Program Officer Robert Russell and Einstein Fellow Brenda Carpenter in the final webinar on the 2018 EAGER Maker Summit. The presentation provided an overview of NSF's commitment to making, reviewed key highlights from the December meeting, and provided a recap of the previous four webinars in our series. Learn more about plans for continuing these conversations, and future opportunities for collaboration by... more

“I’m going to fail”: How youth interpret failure across contextual boundaries

Previous research on youth’s perceptions and reactions to failure established a view of failure as a negative, debilitating experience for youth, yet STEM and in particular making programs increasingly promote a pedagogy of failures as productive learning experiences. Looking to unpack perceptions of failure across contexts and potential differences between self-identified sexes, youth who participated in making activities were interviewed about their experiences with failure and thoughts about the term. Youth’s perceptions of failure... more