The Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program recently designed and co-hosted Maker Day at Michigan State University.
More than 50 students, faculty members and families with young children attended the free event, held at the MSU Main Library.
Students from the East Lansing-based hybrid cohort of MAET (who are practicing K-12 educators) led activities in which participants crafted light-up badges with a simple circuit; coded using Scratch to make a pinball game; created music and played video games in innovative ways that used a Makey Makey kit, bananas and pipecleaners.
As described in the State News article, the idea of ‘maker culture’ is that learning is best achieved through doing. It’s the philosophy in which a person should create things using their hands or by using technology in a unique way.
Check the MAET blog for more about how students are exploring the maker movement as an innovative approach to improve education.