Release date: December, 2017
The Maker Movement is rapidly growing at educational institutions around the world and across age
and employment levels, from kindergarten to mid- and late-career. "Making" offers complementary
learning environments to the traditional classroom and helps participants develop skills that differ
from those developed in traditional student projects and learn-by-doing classes. In 2016, CCST published
a report at the request of the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) to inform efforts to
develop a statewide network of makerspaces linked to California Community Colleges. CCST followed this
with the InnovationMaker3 Symposium Series to bring
together stakeholders to begin building the CCCCO network.
This paper follows on CCST's previous studies of Maker Education, providing an overview of the impact of the Maker Movement on K-12 institutions and opportunities for engagement
with institutions of higher education and the Maker Movement at large. It includes a review of the history of the Maker Movement overall and its
relationship to pedagogical theory and practice, an overview of current examples of Maker Education in K-12 environments, and identifies
issues needing further study.