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Wednesday, June 12 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Maker Movement

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This individual papers session, ”Maker Movement”, will include the following:

Joystick Designs: Middle School Youth Crafting of Game Controllers
While there are many tools for making games, most of these have focused on screen designs leaving aside the potentially rich space of designing tangible game interfaces for learning. This paper reports on the outcomes of a workshop with middle school youth who created game controllers with MaKey MaKey, a tangible construction kit, to interface with their remixed Scratch games. The analyses focus on the design of game interfaces and program codes and indicate that youth mostly replicated common controller designs but varied in their attention to either functionality or aesthetics. An unexpected finding was how these different approaches followed traditional gender lines, with girls more focused on aesthetics and boys more focused on functionality. This pattern was to some extent replicated in the remixes of the Scratch games. In the discussion we address the pedagogical and technological opportunities and challenges of tangible game making for learning.
Veena Vasudevan, Richard Davis, Eunkyoung Lee, Yasmin Kafai

Learning From The Making In Makerspaces
Tinkerers and makers around the globe are meeting and collaborating in makerspaces to create, hack, and innovate with various tools and technologies. Since makerspaces are a new learning environment, there has, thus far, been no study or analysis of how they work, how people participate and what they learn, or why they are so appealing. In this paper, we present preliminary findings of some of the first empirical research on the Maker movement and makerspaces as learning environments. Specifically, we offer two working frameworks for understanding the learning that happens in makerspaces. Given the lack of current research of learning in makerspaces, these offer potentially significant contributions to our understanding of learning more broadly.
Erica Halverson, Kim Sheridan, Lisa Brahms, Breanne Litts, Trevor Owens

Sector67: Making Things and Breaking Things 
Chris Meyer

Erica Halverson, Discussant

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Erica Rosenfeld Halverson

Professor of Educational Psychology / Curriculum and Instruction, UW Madison
Erica Halverson is a Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at UW-Madison where she studies how people learn in and through the arts. Erica has worked in a range of arts media including theatre, film, radio, digital art, and most recently, in the emerging Maker Movement. In 2016, Erica co-edited the two volume Makeology (Routledge, 2016), the first volumes dedicated to empirical research on making and makerspaces in education. Erica is the... Read More →


Yasmin Kafai

University of Pennsylvania
Yasmin Kafai is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a researcher, designer, and developer of online communities and tools (ecrafting.org, stitchtfest.org, and scratch.mit.edu) to promote computational participation, crafting, and creativity across K-16. Book publications include Connected Code, Connected Play, The Computer Clubhouse, Textile Messages, and Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat. Kafai earned a... Read More →

Eunkyoung Lee

Researcher, KICE
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Breanne Litts

University of Wisconsin-Madison
I am a Ph.D. student in Curriculum & Instruction with a Digital Media focus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I currently serve as a project assistant for Dr. Erica Halverson on an NSF funded project researching makerspaces and learning through making. Additionally, I am a researcher in the newly founded Mobile Learning Incubator in Academic Technology at UW-Madison. Broadly, my scholarly interests are focused around the intersection of... Read More →
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Trevor Owens

Senior Program Officer, IMLS
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Wednesday June 12, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
Inn Wisconsin

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