Maker Challenges in the High School



Type: Education

This chapter was published in Future Forwards: Vol 5

In the High School, we use Maker Challenges to create different contexts for learners to learn through making. The three types of challenges we use are Tinkering Challenges, Making Challenges, and Solution-Based Challenges. Tinkering Challenges provide students with materials, tools, and prompts that serve as cues for students to start exploring through tinkering with the materials and tools. Making Challenges provide students with materials, tools, and a challenge statement that labels the criteria. Solutions-Based Challenges provide students with materials, tools, and a challenge to solve a real-world problem through making. The Challenges range from 30 minute competitions to 2 hour making sessions, to multiple class periods…continue reading