The Maker Movement in K-12 Schools

Thursday, July 7, 2016, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

Click here for more information about this chat.

Note: No special equipment other than Internet access is needed to participate in any of our text-based chats. Participants may begin submitting questions the morning of the chat.

Live Blog Chat: The Maker Movement in K-12 Schools

The maker movement is going mainstream, with schools across the country encouraging students and teachers to use everything from cardboard to 3-D printers to build and learn while pursuing their passions. The shift presents new opportunities for fans of hands-on, student-driven learning. It also holds the promise of diversifying a movement that began in mostly informal spaces.

But as districts rush to embrace the trend, some key observers are also worried: Can schools, with their standards, state tests, and bell schedules, maintain the do-it-yourself, only-if-you-want-to ethos that fueled making's popularity in the first place?

Stephanie Chang, director of programs, Maker Education Initiative
Pamela Moran, superintendent, Albemarle County Schools, Va.

Benjamin Herold, staff writer, Education Week

Related Articles:
The 'Maker' Movement Is Coming to K-12: Can Schools Get It Right?
The Maker Movement, Equity, and Schools: Researcher Q&A
The Maker Movement in K-12 Education: A Guide to Emerging Research
Join Our Video Project: #ShowUsYourMakerSpace

Share: Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Addthis

The Fine Print

All questions are screened by an editor prior to posting. A question is not displayed until the moderator poses it to the guest(s). Due to the volume of questions received, we cannot guarantee that all questions will be answered, or answered in the order of submission. Guests and hosts may decline to answer any questions. Concise questions are strongly encouraged.

Please be sure to include your name when posting your question.'s Live Chat is an open forum where readers can participate in a give- and-take discussion with a variety of guests. reserves the right to condense or edit questions for clarity, but editing is kept to a minimum. Transcripts may also be reproduced in some form in our print edition. We do not correct errors in spelling, punctuation, etc. In addition, we remove statements that have the potential to be libelous or to slander someone. Please read our privacy policy and user agreement if you have questions.

—Chat Editors

Most Popular Stories