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Beyond Traditional Programming: Assessing Middle School Students Makerspace Experience
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, , New Mexico State University, United States ; , , STEM Outreach Center, New Mexico State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-61-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

The maker culture has garnered attention in education as a practice that supports learning and engagement in both formal and informal settings. Using the three elements that constitute the Maker Movement: the use of digital tools, community infrastructure, and a maker mindset, this paper describes an approach to using Arduinos as part of summer camp activities to bring making to middle school students. We describe our experiences in designing and teaching a one-week summer camp provided by the STEM Outreach Center at a higher education institution in a Southern New Mexico district. The paper adds to the evidence of the usefulness of makerspaces by showing that makerspaces provide a space for students to exercise their creativity while teaching them about art and programming.

Citation

Otoo, S., Korang, T., Wheeler, P. & Chatterjee, S. (2022). Beyond Traditional Programming: Assessing Middle School Students Makerspace Experience. In E. Langran (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 636-640). San Diego, CA, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 27, 2022 from .

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