Those marvelous Michigan Makers
Michigan Makers uses action research and service learning to explore teaching, learning, and evidence of skills in non-classroom settings. The project was conceived by a group of UMSI graduate students and clinical assistant professor Kristin Fontichiaro. The current scope of work falls into four broad categories.
Graduate students from UMSI and Eastern Michigan University get together weekly for "maker-style" activities in area classrooms, including Mitchell Elementary in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Community Middle School.
An online community space for librarians, teachers, troop leaders and others to exchange ideas and share inspiration on how to create makerspace communities and culture.
A series of books on maker culture for elementary and middle school students, edited by Kristin Fontichiaro for Cherry Lake Publishing.
An exploration of the use of digital badges as methods of showing accomplishments and achievements outside the classroom, as an alternative to grades and transcripts.