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Hands On Projects Promote More Thinking in the Classroom

| June 17, 2014 | 2 Comments
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Photo by Mitch Altman/Flickr

Photo by Mitch Altman/Flickr

Would you rather learn about how a computer works by reading about it or building one with your hands? Last week, we asked students to think about how they like to learn in our #DoNowMaker post. We asked students, Do you learn better through a hands on making process? Share something that you have made recently. What have you always wanted to learn to make?

The Maker Culture, or the DIY Movement, has grown into a cultural phenomenon. In general, the Maker Culture encourages people to be self-sufficient. The new movement refers to any activity where people utilize their creativity to make anything from jewelry to robots without asking for help from a paid expert. In a Huffington Post article, Brit Morin, Founder and CEO of Brit + Co., discusses how the Maker Culture emerged as more people, mostly millennials who grew up in households with busy parents, feel the need to look at do-it-yourself (DIY) websites and apps to learn certain skills such as cooking and crafting that they may have missed out on learning in their youth. Now, educators are incorporating the Maker Culture into the classroom. More and more teachers are assigning self-directed projects to teach problem solving to their students. As the Maker Movement is playing a larger role in learning, some wonder how this phenomenon will impact education.

Throughout the week, students discussed how hands on projects changes learning in the classroom. While several students argued that everyone learns differently, most students agreed that incorporating more making in the classroom will teach students how to think more critically, as well help them develop real life skills.

Making fosters more learning

Many students discussed the benefits of learning through making in the classroom.

People learn in different ways

Some students talked about how learning through making is not a good idea for everyone.

What would you make?

Some students discussed the different objects they would like to learn how to make.

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Laura Robledo studied English at UC Berkeley. When she is not reading, looking up new music, or running half marathons, she loves to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco.