Inclusive Maker Ed for All

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Abbey Ramdeo  
Creating hands-on makerspaces and incorporating maker education can seem daunting when facing challenges like tight budgets, remote learning or limited connectivity. See specific examples of how to overcome constraints to build inclusive makerspaces for all contexts. Leave with a maker toolkit to help you get started!

Audience: Professional developers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Maker activities & programs
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This session will provide solutions for challenges commonly faced by teachers when implementing makerspaces and/or maker education in the classroom:
1. Materials (limited budget)
2. Delivery (teaching online, limited connectivity (e.g., rural and remote))

By exploring potential solutions when faced with these constraints, participants can start to explore what inclusive practices might be for creating diverse makerspaces that can reach all learners. Multiple examples will be provided so that participants feel ready to combine theory and practice. Participants should leave feeling empowered to create a makerspace in their learning environment, incorporate maker education into their teaching practice, and/or understand the value of maker education in diverse contexts.

Supporting research

The following resources have informed this work:

Importance of Inclusive Education:
OISE: A Discussion of Inclusion - A brief introduction to inclusion, inclusive schools and barriers to inclusion (
OISE: Inquiry into Practice - Reaching Every Student Through Inclusive Curriculum (
Government of Ontario: Ontario's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy (

Importance of Makerspace/ Inclusive Makerspace Environments:
Recognized Experts: Yasmin B. Kafai, Jannette Hughes
Government of Ontario: Meaningful Making (
Research Article: Inclusive Makerspaces, Fab Labs, and STEM Labs (
Book: Makeology - Makerspaces as Learning Environments (Volume 1)
Research Article: Electronic Textiles as Disruptive Designs - Supporting and Challenging Maker Activities in Schools

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Abbey Ramdeo, Actua

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