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 descending Abstract/Description Resource Type
Shifting Expectations: Understanding Youth Employees’ Handoffs in a 3D Print Shop

As digital fabrication technology has become mainstream, the increased demand for 3D printed objects has created a new market for professional outsourcing. Given that most of this work does not require advanced training, and is an appropriate entry-level manufacturing job, there is an exciting opportunity to employ youth already skilled in "making" and interested in technology to do this work as an after-school job. The combination of this new technology and workforce calls for new workflows that streamline client-driven digital manufacturing. However, the limitations of current digital... more

The Engineer of 2020, in the Making: Understanding how Young Adults Develop Maker Identities and the Implications for Education Reform

Making is a social phenomenon that encourages the adoption of many of the practices, skills, and knowledges associated with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. It also incorporates many of the key personal attributes of the Engineer of 2020. Although educators have started to institutionalize this connection through the establishment of makerspaces and Maker-based curriculum, less effort has been made to understand how the current population of ‘‘grassroots’’ Makers have come to identify with this... more

Youth’s Engagement as Scientists and Engineers in an Afterschool Making and Tinkering Program

Making and tinkering is currently gaining traction as an interdisciplinary approach to education. However, little is known about how these activities and explorations in formal and informal learning spaces address the content and skills common to professionals across science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As such, the purpose of this qualitative study was to examine how youth were engaged in the eight science and engineering practice outlined within the US Next Generation Science Standards within an informal learnin... 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

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