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Making Makers : How STEM kits can help in taking the first steps

Ouw, Yorrick van der (2019) Making Makers : How STEM kits can help in taking the first steps.

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Abstract:STEM kits are teaching their users technological or scientific phenomena, with the goal to allow them to use that knowledge to repair, improve, and make with anything around them. Sadly, that goal is not commonly reached. This research set out to find why by interviewing makers and zeros in order to find out which obstacles the zeros perceive and which aids help the makers in an attempt to find ways to remove those obstacles. One solution was to leave room for experimentation and thought in instructions, this method has been implemented with an existing STEM kit and discussed with experts in an expert interview. Though the implementation is not perfect, it is promising. The methods Conrad is advised to attempt to use are the aforementioned instruction improvement, setting up a knowledge sharing platform and promoting it in STEM kits, and each STEM kit showing which level of experience is expected to be necessary in order to successfully use it.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Conrad Electronic, Oldenzaal, The Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 50 technical science in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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