Our Writing Project is really embracing the Maker Movement. One of our major projects is "Making STEAM" a partnership between some K-12 schools and Discovery Place - a local science museum. A lot of the time I feel like I'm still trying to figure out what "making" is, but this field trip with some 8th graders from Kannapolis really helped move my thinking forward. There were spaces all over the museum where the kids could "make." Legos, blocks, duct tape, tin foil and crystalizing paint. The students just dove in and created all sorts of things. To me, this is the heart of making - experimenting with materials without too many instructions as to what to do with them. The kids were learning all sorts of things about that materials and structures as they created. Physics, Chemistry, Art - it was all in there. Amazing and humbling to watch.
And they are making major connections on our Google + Community. They took tons of pictures and notes in their daybooks and came back to school to "make" picture collages to post their reflections. It's amazing to see that they really do "get" "maker."