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. 

For students

Where: Local classrooms, online communities, University of Michigan Campus

When: During the academic year

Eligibility: All current UMSI students are eligible to participate.

Cost: Free to participate

How to Apply: No application necessary.

Contact: umsi.engagement@umich.edu 

For organizations

Where: Local classrooms, online communities, University of Michigan Campus

When: During the academic year

Eligibility: All interested individuals are eligible to participate.

Cost: Free to participate

How to Apply: No application necessary.

Contact: umsi.engagement@umich.edu 

Projects

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.

Michigan Makers in the classroom

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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.

 

 

 MakerBridge

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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. 

 

 

  Makers as Innovators Book Series

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A series of books on maker culture for elementary and middle school students, edited by Kristin Fontichiaro for Cherry Lake Publishing. 

 

 



Digital Badging 

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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.

 

Student stories

Coming soon