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. 

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Summit Information


The Summit engaged participants in discussions around the themes listed below, with each session exploring the following topics:

  • Innovations
  • Impacts
  • Challenges
  • Future of Making


Broadening Participation: NSF is committed to broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM. This session will examine barriers to access and issues of equity specific to the creation culturally relevant makerspaces that are diverse and inclusive. 

Partnerships: Makerspaces are inherently community-based by design. In this session we will explore what impacts these spaces have on communities, and ways that making can contribute to the social and cultural vibrancy of a community.   

Process and Pedagogy: This session will discuss the characteristics, pedagogies and experiences, of makerspaces. 

Research & Evaluation: During this session we will examine the challenges in designing assessments and measuring cognitive and non-cognitive learning outcomes in a maker-based project. 

Workforce Development: As we look to the future of work, how can making help to build the foundational skills needed for success at the human-technology frontier? This session will focus on making with youth and adults and look at both STEM professional and skilled technical workforce applications.