What are the benefits of engaging young people in making?
Here are the five key competencies that we identified as outcomes for young people who participate in Start Making!
- Identify as a creator or maker. Young people develop positive attitudes toward creating hands-on projects.
- Develop confidence in creative expression. Young people feel capable of bringing their ideas to life by designing, experimenting, iterating, and persisting through failures.
- Acquire technical tool literacy. Young people become familiar with a variety of tools and technologies that they can use to make projects.
- Become aware of STEAM. Young people become aware of ideas and concepts that bridge science, technology, engineering, art, and math and demonstrate curiosity to learn more.
- Learn collaboration and networking skills. Young people actively engage in collaborating and helping others.
Start Making! A Guide to Engaging Young People in Maker Activities
By Danielle Martin and Alisha Panjwani edited by Natalie Rusk