Maker Competencies

The maker movement in education promises to offer authentic learning that can help students develop 21st century competencies. Our multi-phase participatory action research program on maker culture in education studies the development of competencies required to turn experiential learning with technology into maker experiences that meet 21st century needs. Our data suggest that maker competencies in education include concepts such as collaboration, iterative design and co-design. The development of these competencies also underlie several maker attitudes such as taking initiative, learning to adapt, learning to work interdependently, tolerating failure and not shying away from over-resourcing.