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ERIC Number: EJ1170560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1837-6290
Using a "Makerspace" Approach to Engage Indonesian Primary Students with STEM
Blackley, Susan; Rahmawati, Yuli; Fitriani, Ella; Sheffield, Rachel; Koul, Rekha
Issues in Educational Research, v28 n1 p18-42 2018
This paper examines the learning experiences of 291 Year 5 and 6 Indonesian primary school students, across four schools in North Jakarta, who participated in an integrated STEM project that used a 3-phase "Makerspace" approach: exposure, engagement and experimentation, and evaluation and extension. The Wiggle Bots project involved these students employing their skills and knowledge of technology and science to create a "bot," and then completing a survey that examined their confidence, engagement, identification and application of science knowledge. The results indicated that a "Makerspace" approach was very effective in engaging students in the STEM space, and students were also challenged to work collaboratively in groups mentored by pre-service teachers. With the application of STEM knowledge and skills, we also posit that the "Makerspace" approach is effective in the acquisition and demonstration of 21st century skills: problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and communication.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indonesia (Jakarta)
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