MAKER IN KINDERGARTEN STUDIO
“In project-based learning, students gain important knowledge, skills, and dispositions by investigating
open-ended questions to ‘make meaning’ that they transmit in purposeful ways.”– (Krauss & Boss, 2013)
Maker Faire in the Making
Our Kindergarten Maker Faire was the project and the culmination of a hugely successful PBL unit. It was
the result of two converging prototyping processes and lots of hands-on learning by collaborative doing.
The Maker Culture prototyping process began with a few meetings and quickly led to the creation of a
maker space. The Project-Based Learning (PBL) prototyping process provided an opportunity to reimagine
and re-examine one of our units. So, in the fall we began the process of seeing how our materials unit
could be reinvented in order to achieve the learning targets in a more hands-on, meaningful context for
our students. In the fall, Suzie Boss, co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to
Real-World Projects in the Digital Age and Thinking Through Project Based Learning: Growing Deeper
Inquiry, as well as a member of the National Faculty of the Buck Institute for Education, spent ten days
with teachers at ASB. During this time, Suzie worked with our team to prototype a newly created PBL
model for ASB through planning, teaching and reflecting on a unit using the model.
Fast forward to the December 18th, Kindergarten Maker Faire morning. It was time to see what the soil
and seeds of PBL and the Maker Movement had sown.
Parents were gathering in the school lounge in anticipation of the Kindergarten Maker Faire, while
students prepared to share their learning at stations throughout the kindergarten rooms. The parents
were gathered and waiting when Ms. Hill and Ms. Priyanka switched on their microphones…
Suzie Boss supporting Elementary School teachers to
plan and create PBL units
Preparing parents moments before the Maker Faire