Week 9

EDET 677 Week 9 What would you need to coordinate a “Maker Day” for your school?

“America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs,” according to www.whitehouse.gov. The heart of the maker movement “is to empower students and adults to create, innovate, tinker, and make their ideas and solutions into reality.”

If you’re not fully comfortable with hosting a makerspace, Martinez suggests Maker Day. “A Maker Day is about creativity and collaboration. It celebrates individual ingenuity within the context of the creative culture of shared values,” (Martinez et.al, loc. 4040). In a Maker Day, you want to have plenty of quick projects that guests can participate in. Martinez says that we want to get the message our that “our students learn by doing, that we solve problems with modern tools, materials and techniques, and that we value creativity and collaboration,” (loc., 4048).

The purpose of a Maker Day is to introduce participants to the Maker Movement, focusing on four distinct elements: (Maker Day Toolkit)

  • Design thinking
  • Design challenges or problem sketch
  • Collaborating prototyping of a design solution
  • Process to encourage group reflection

Before the Maker Day, I would fundraise for the event. This way I can order and make sure I have enough supplies for everyone. To coordinate a maker day, I would encourage my students to plan, organize and run as much of the day as possible. I would have my students create posters to market the event, for their families and the community (loc. 4072). The posters would be hung in the school, throughout the community, and taken home.

I’d make sure there are plenty of stations and activities for everyone. It would run on a rotation schedule to ensure that everyone has a chance to participate in everything. This will “allow learners of all ages to experiment, tinker, and most importantly, make things,” (loc. 4097).

Snacks would be provided in my Maker Day. I would have a station for baking or making goodies, a “make and take” station, a cardboard construction station, puppet making, weaving stations, etc. Videos and photos would be taken throughout the event for future marketing purposes, and to expose students’ successes. After each rotation, they will clean their stations for the next group. That would be my maker day.



A Nation of Makers. (n.d.). Retrieved July 12, 2016, from https://www.whitehouse.gov/nation-of-makers


Chrichton, S., & Carter, D. (n.d.). Maker Day Tool Kit. Retrieved July 12, 2016, from http://www.itabc.ca/sites/default/files/docs/discover/Final MakerDayToolKit.pdf


Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (n.d.). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Retrieved July 12, 2016.



One thought on “Week 9

  1. Genevieve,

    Week 9 Response:

    First of all, your Maker Day plan is very insightful and well organized. Reading your post inspired me to rethink what I can do for students at school by referring to my own family as an analogy.

    As I read your opening statement, I thought about my own immediate family. First of all, my husband learned at home so many things about “how things work” just by being encouraged to go into the shop and take apart radios, old TVs; as well as, watching his dad work on motors and building his own house. His older brother invited him to come to Alaska to help wire his house, so Dan learned another new skill. He has taught shop class mechanics at Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon, until this class was discontinued (along with art) for a focus on academic skills. This summer he has changed the brakes of our van, changed the hose of our 1998 Oldmobile, since it had overheated. My 29 year old-daughter helped him do this. Dan will not fix major issues without involving either our daughter or soon to be husband. This is what I would term family apprenticeship. Last summer, she and Dan replaced two door frames and door.

    I am a seamstress, though I have not used this skill much lately. This week, I will be altering the shoulders and length of my granddaughter’s dress for the wedding on July 31st. My intention is to start teaching her how to sew when we come back home in the winter and next summer.

    Dan built an amazing Treehouse for our 2 grandkids, plus our 2 new grandkids who come on a 50/50 custody schedule. So far, they have learned how to put stain on the Treehouse, name drill bits or screwdrivers properly, and watched a Treehouse Master at work. Our soon to be son-in-law helped as well when he and Dan were not outside wiring the shop, we put concrete in ourselves last summer.

    We know that it is our role to pass the baton over to the next generation so that they know how to pull up a water pump, identify the problem (corroded wires) and replace these. Otherwise, they immediately go toward hiring people to do this for them and they cannot afford this. (We have many other demands on our monies, so we cannot either).

    So to me, Maker Day is all about taking back our traditional ways of learning how to do things and helping others to learn what we know as we learn from them.



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