Curricular Materials

IDEAS Maker Program


The IDEAS Maker Program is a curriculum for an informal maker program that engages middle school students with a range of abilities in engineering design activities. It culminates in a project based on their own interests, which they create with a computer-aided design software called TinkerCAD and print on a 3D printer. The program is based on the Make Academy summer camp, held at New York Hall of Science’s Makerspace. With funding from the National Science Foundation, a collaborative team redesigned that museum-based program so that it could be run in schools by teachers. The design team included:

  • researchers from EDC and SRI International
  • museum program developers from New York Hall of Science
  • experts from the ASD Nest Support Project at New York University
  • graduate students from the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University
  • science and special education teachers from the ASD Nest inclusion middle schools in New York City
Curricular Materials

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Project Curricula Details

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Target Setting(s)
Elementary school (K-5)
Middle school (6-8)
High school (9-12)
Additional Target Participants
Students with disabilities