It’s great to see the education sector catching up to exploring comprehensive and creative ways to learn. Making is one of our core themes here at IM and his summer we championed the maker movement with our Mega Maker Lab. We’ll continue to create initiatives like this to help children and young people discover and explore the world through imagination.
Once again, questions are being asked about the education sector‘s rigid curriculum. Does one-size-fits-all work anymore and did it ever? Recent Ofsted guidelines agree, and have been re-framed based on teaching methods rather than results. It’s about what goes in and how, rather than what comes out. This has left the sector looking for new ways to teach. It has led to the maker movement taking centre stage for its creativity and engagement.
Crafting and making has been around for thousands of years, but the maker movement itself is a more recent phenomenon. And it’s not just the physical act of building or fixing. Making is about creators coming together to share ideas and designs – to work to common goals. It’s a natural partner for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for its practical applications. However, the main attraction of the maker movement is its “open and inventive style of learning”, as Education Technology says.