Hands-on creation could revitalize STEM learning

Some technology experts, such as MAKE Magazine founder Dale Dougherty and Pixar’s Tony DeRose, are promoting hands-on learning through the practice of making things as a method for revitalizing education, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

DeRose has created a program to involve children in “technologically sophisticated projects,” according to this article, and both DeRose and Dougherty are developing the principles needed to create a curriculum based on the maker ethic. “Exhibition instead of competition. Child-driven. Open-ended. Multidisciplinary,” DeRose said. TheAtlantic.com

When devising ways to beat school policing software, students showed an exemplary capacity for self-directed learning. Too bad that capacity didn’t expand in academic directions, too.

Stross, Randall. “Computers at Home: Educational Hope vs. Teenage Reality.” The New York Times – Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. 7 July 2010. Web. 19 July 2010. <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/11/business/11digi.html?_r=1>.

I don’t know that we ever teach kids how to fail and how to continue from that point,” she said.

Gibson,Caitlin. “16 Loudoun teachers serve as interns to bolster classroom lessons with actual job experience.” Washington Post. Sunday, July 18, 2010.