Engaging 'At-Risk' Students through Maker Culture Activities

  title={Engaging 'At-Risk' Students through Maker Culture Activities},
  author={Sowmya Somanath and Laura Morrison and Janette M. Hughes and Ehud Sharlin and Mario Costa Sousa},
  journal={Proceedings of the TEI '16: Tenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction},
  • Sowmya SomanathLaura Morrison M. Sousa
  • Published 14 February 2016
  • Education
  • Proceedings of the TEI '16: Tenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
This paper presents a set of lessons learnt from introducing maker culture and DIY paradigms to 'at-risk' students (age 12-14). Our goal is to engage 'at-risk' students through maker culture activities. While improved technology literacy is one of the outcomes we also wanted the learners to use technology to realize concepts and ideas, and to gain freedom of thinking similar to creators, artists and designers. We present our study and a set of high level suggestions to enable thinking about how… 

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