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Week 3 Summary

In this video, Dr Alison Buxton provides a summary of the week.
We’ve come to the end of the course and we hope that you’ve enjoyed it and learned from it. We certainly have loved putting the course together and sharing our research and our ideas with you. I hope that you have an opportunity to put some of these ideas into practice and set up your own makerspaces. I’ve been working in this area for many years, and I’ve always been amazed by the responses of children and adults as they engage in making of all kinds. I’ve seen first hand the kinds of learning that takes place in makerspaces and what inspirational and transformative places they can be.
I never get tired of seeing a child’s reaction for the first time they complete a circuit and get that LED to light up, or seeing their design materialise on a 3D printer. It’s great to see the connections children begin to make between the different areas of making and start to integrate their projects together. One of the things I absolutely love about makerspaces is that it provides a space where adults and children can learn together. And actually, children can become the experts in things.
This is especially so when - you know - for those children who might struggle with some more traditional areas of the curriculum, and makerspaces actually provide a really unique opportunity for these children to get really hands on with learning. Solving real world problems in a 3D world.
As discussed in this course, makerspaces provide an opportunity for children to develop a range of skills that are going to be vitally important for their futures. Throughout our work, we’ve been witness to some quite extraordinary thinking by children and are often humbled by the way they think carefully about addressing problems in their world.
We face an uncertain future shaped by some of the environmental, technological, and social challenges that are going to arise. We are confident, however, that if children are given opportunities to be part of the future’s thinking and are able to be engaged in designing and engineering solutions to some of these problems, and exploring their emotional responses to them through art, stories and creative play, then we are helping the next generation to have more control over their circumstances.
So as we close this course, we invite you to incorporate something of what you’ve learned into your everyday lives. And do keep in touch with us on our Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook MakerFutures platforms. To let us know what you’re doing, tell us of your ideas, your activities, your challenges, and your successes. We would love to hear from you.
Guys we’ve got to go now.

In this video, Alison reflects on Week 3, outlining some of the key reasons why she feels makerspaces are so valuable for children, young people and adults.

Alison emphasise the importance of makerspaces for developing users’ abilities to problem-solve, given the challenges humanity is going to face over the next decades.

She closes the course by encouraging leaners to keep in touch with us via social media in order that an engaged community of people interested in makerspaces for creative education can be sustained.

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