5. Connect Learning Across Content Areas

Maker Education not only allows students to see concepts in action; it also enables them to see how what they are learning in one class applies to another. When maker experiences are incorporated into every class, students are able to see how each subject builds off knowledge and skills from the others to create a “big picture” that mirrors the “real world” and demonstrates knowledge of multiple academic standards.


4. Encourage Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Maker Education not only allows students to see concepts in action; it also enables them to see how what they are learning in one class applies to another. When maker experiences are incorporated into every class, students are able to see how each subject builds off knowledge and skills from the others to create a “big picture” that mirrors the “real world” and demonstrates knowledge of multiple academic standards.

Watch students make connections.


3. Enable Learning by Doing

Students experience deeper connections when they can learn by doing. Hands-on lab work in science has long been used to reinforce concepts for students and increase their level of understanding. Maker Education brings the concept of learning by doing to other subjects as well and shows students that mastery can be demonstrated in multiple ways, both inside and outside the classroom.

Watch what happens when students get hands-on.


2. Help Students Pick Up STEAM

STEM/STEAM education is essential for the future economy as well as students’ future success. Maker education has the ability to attract students to careers in STEM simply by exposing them to what is possible and letting them try it for themselves. Studies have shown that when hands-on learning is incorporated into traditional lecture-format STEM subjects, average exam scores increase among minority students.

Listen to how technology makes an impact.


1. It’s fun!

Students learn more deeply when they are having fun. Maker Education encourages students to create products that they conceptualize and design themselves, leading to authentic projects that students are excited about and will have fun creating. Need inspiration? SparkFun Education offers project videos and tutorials that teach basic concepts, such as how a battery works, in an entertaining way. Students can even be encouraged to make their own videos.

Learn how a battery works.

Maker Education White Paper

For more information, read our White Paper featured in Education Week

This paper discusses the value and ever-evolving nature of Maker Education, the obstacles to its integration in schools, and the keys to preparing and planning for its successful implementation for the benefit of both teachers and students.