Educator develops an action plan for hosting a maker showcase by determining what projects, processes, and/or work will be shown, where the event will take place, and how learners will play a role in planning, creating, and facilitating the showcase.
A maker showcase “...is not the same as a science fair. There is often too much ‘show and tell’ or competition at a science fair. A [maker showcase] is all about creativity and collaboration. It celebrates individual ingenuity within the context of the creative culture of shared values.” (179)
A maker showcase event should provide guests with a mix of examples of projects created by youth, and highlight their interests and creative processes. It should be an exciting, fun, interactive event that is developed not just for, but with learners. It is not a competition, but rather an opportunity to showcase creativity, ingenuity, and collaboration.
The maker showcase should primarily be an opportunity for young makers to present and share their work. It should also give parents, families, and other guests the opportunity to experience the kind of maker learning their students have been a part of.
This guide to planning a maker showcase is based on Chapter 11 of Gary Stager and Sylvia Libow Martinez’s Invent to Learn:
Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1 and 3 as well as a “Yes” for each component in Part 2.
(200-word limit total per response):
To earn this credential, educator must put on a maker showcase and submit the following (unless otherwise stated, documentation method is up to earner):
(300-word limit per response):
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