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
Math in the Making: Reflections for the Field

In September 2015, with support from the National Science Foundation (DRL-1514726), TERC and the Institute for Learning Innovation launched the Math in the Making project to engage the field in discussions about the relationships between mathematics and making and, in particular, to consider how integrating the two might both enrich making experiences and support mathematical learning and interest development for children and adults. The collaboration included a national workshop with leaders from informal education, mathematics, and making and tinkering; a pre-workshop online discussion;... more

Making It Social: Considering the Purpose of Literacy to Support Participation in Making and Engineering

Digital literacies for disciplinary learning explores intersections of digital and disciplinary literacies across learning contexts such as community makerspaces and schools and examines learning across disciplines including the arts, engineering, science, social studies, language arts, and math. Columns will address work with both youth and adults, both in school and out of school. Digital enhancements will encourage interactivity with readers and will provoke questions, comments, and connections.

MakEval: Tools to Evaluate Maker Programs with Youth

While researchers advance work in understanding various aspects of makerspaces and the increase of making in education, we lament the lack of robust research tools that can be used for research and evaluation of these experiences. While we have used surveys and observation protocols that exist for evaluating STEM-learning in other projects (Maltese & Harsh, 2015; Simpson, Burris & Maltese, 2017), the reality is that making is rather different from many other contexts and a suite of maker-specific tools is warranted.

This issue is particularly salient for educators seeking... more

Liberatory Methodologies: Participatory Action Research Strategies for Discovering Inclusive Maker Space Practices

In this Research Work in Progress paper, we describe the methods chosen for a project exploring best practices of inclusion in maker spaces serving diverse populations. Maker spaces provide communities access to innovation tools in startup settings that are shaped by the participating members. In our study, these include not only hacker spaces that involve computing, electronic activities, and three-dimensional printing capabilities, but also sites focusing on traditional arts and crafts. Sites selected represent sustainable examples of the values embedded in maker space missions: to... more

Lessons Learned Creating Youth Jobs in an Afterschool Maker Space

Real-world problem solving through Making is a popular technique to engage youth in STEM education. Since it is often difficult to infuse Maker curriculum into students’ school schedules, this frequently occurs in after-school programs. Unfortunately, not all youth are able to participate in these enriching after-school activities due to financial pressures. Due to the lack of variety of youth jobs, findings a technical job may be difficult and youth may instead take jobs in non-technical fields such as food service or retail. These... more