Makerspaces for Kids

Paula MacDowell

It was exciting to be part of the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire (VMMF) 2016 Presentation Series. I discussed the history and significance of the maker education movement and shared highlights from the makerspaces I’ve built with girls @ 101 Technology Fun (UBC campus).

Mobile, physical, and virtual makerspaces are reshaping teaching and learning in schools throughout the world, and rapidly popping up in classrooms, libraries, museums, science centers, academic campuses, and diverse environments where learners and creatives work alongside each other. Makerspaces offer young citizens new opportunities to stimulate social and technological change in their lives, schools, communities, and challenging global contexts.

The take-away message from my talk: “All children deserve opportunities to be inventors, creators, and makers of the technologies that make our world, and thereby take part in changing who controls, owns, and shapes our future” (MacDowell, 2016).