Taking Making to School
This chapter focuses on meeting notes, meeting-generated artifacts, and interviews with the teachers participating in the status meetings for the program as a whole. It describes people's implementation work of the museum program in two schools and highlights some preliminary findings. The findings are related to the school supports they have identified from their ongoing analysis of the data, which are school leadership, an allocated space for making, and a model of integrating making into school curriculum and instruction. The Maker Movement is a democratic effort to make available the tools, materials, and processes necessary to design and make almost anything. The movement is finding some advocates in a variety of places who see making as playing a key role in K-12 education. Like making, project-based learning shares a focus on authentic learning experiences connected to real-world problems, tools, and materials. Maker Sites and Programs in School took place at two suburban elementary schools in western Pennsylvania.