75 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
a variety of examples seems to result in divergent thinking, learning
• Integrate Making and technology - Hands-on Making that integrates
technology almost always amplifies, extends, the thinking of Makers
and helps them easily connect with, share, and learn from others.
• Makers learn best from facilitators with a passion - Passion doesn’t
just happen, it is built on experience and know-how. In our experience,
passionate facilitators draw on student interest and understand what’s
required to move from novice towards expertise.
•Don’t underestimate what Makers can do - We have often had
preconceived ideas about what students can do. In Maker Saturday,
we’ve been surprised again and again by what students can do.
Providing students with access to Maker tools like soldering irons and
3D printers often surprise and motivate students to learn beyond their
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