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Wednesday, August 2 • 16:30 - 18:00
Build, Tinker, Hack: Fostering Student Agency by Developing a Sensitivity to Design through Maker-Centered Learning

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In this interactive workshop session, researchers and practitioners from Project Zero’s Agency by Design initiative will present a series of hands-on activities aimed at promoting student agency in the maker-centered classroom, a concept that they refer to as “maker empowerment.” Central to achieving a sense of maker empowerment is having a sensitivity to the design of one’s world. Using thinking routines developed by the Agency by Design project, participants will consider what it means to develop a sensitivity while making connections to their home teaching and learning environments.

Educational initiatives that emphasize making, engineering, and tinkering are becoming increasingly popular in K-12 education. But what is really worthwhile about design and maker-centered learning? While many have pointed to the STEM outcomes associated with this work, others see greater potential in fostering dispositional outcomes such as student agency and character building through design and maker-centered learning. In this interactive workshop session, researchers and practitioners from Project Zero’s Agency by Design initiative will present a series of hands-on activities aimed at promoting student agency in the maker-centered classroom, a concept that they refer to as “maker empowerment.” Central to achieving a sense of maker empowerment is having a sensitivity to the designed dimensions of one’s world. Using thinking routines developed through the Agency by Design project, participants will consider what it means to develop a sensitivity while having an opportunity to make connections to their home teaching and learning environments.

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Edward Clapp

Principal Investigator, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Edward is an originator of the Agency by Design framework for maker-centered learning, co-author of the book Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape their Worlds, and a principal investigator at Project Zero where he directs or co-directs various maker-centered learning... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 16:30 - 18:00
Centro de Extension Universidad Catolica O'Higgins, Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 390, Santiago, Región Metropolitana

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