learning by making

Learning by making (also called 'maker education') propagates and educational method in which children learn skills and gather knowledge by making things. Maker education (a term coined by Dale Dougherty in 2013) closely associated with STEM learning, is an approach to problem-based and project-based learning that relies upon hands-on, often collaborative, learning experiences as a method for solving authentic problems. People who participate in making often call themselves "makers" of the maker movement and develop their projects in maker spaces, or development studios which emphasise prototyping and the repurposing of found objects in service of creating new inventions or innovations.


Waag is on a mission to map Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts en Mathematics (STEAM) education outside the classroom.


Wondering how the Big Maakplaats weekend looked like? View the photo report of our workshops.


"We see pupils as inventors who learn to design and implement their ideas using modern technology", says Karien Vermeulen on the topic of maker education.


The Fabschoolino is the ultimate gift for anyone who loves soldering, electronics, crafts and programming.


This blog by Rolf Hut is based on his keynote presentation at the FabLearn conference in Eindhoven on September 28th 2018.


A fantastic attendance at the first FabLearn education conference in the Netherlands: about 800 people from education and libraries visited this day on September 28!


The personal highlights of Karien Vermeulen at the FabLearn education conference in Eindhoven on 28 September. With international speakers, masterclasses, 45 education providers, break-out sessions, paper presentations and more!


We interviewed Karien Vermeulen about the importance of maker education and learning by making. It connects children's creativity with technology in order to contribute to knowledge construction instead of knowledge transfer.


Are you passionate about creativity, technology and maker education? Visit the FabLearn Conference in September.


Behind all the maker spaces at the public libraries in Amsterdam lies a tireless team of manufacturing coaches.


Last week I was part of Steamconf 2018 Barcelona where innovative teachers and educators gathered.


Cultural institutes and schools and increasingly interested in maker education. Waag offers workshops throughout the country.


As a kick-off to the 'Maakplaats' fellowship programme we showed teachers the possibilities of maker education and techniques such as 3D designing, programming and vinyl- and lasercutting.


New activities that are taking place in Maakplaats 021, spread out over three locations in Amsterdam, are now open for application.


Fabschool tought a series of classes in the 021 Maakplaats (Makerspace) in Reigersbos. Kinderen got acquainted with new technology such as 3D printers, lasercutters and design software.


Teacher Maker Camp is an inspiring technical and creatively challenging training for teachers and library staff.


Our colleagues at Tabakalera, the International Centre for Contemporary Culture of San Sebastián, have published the English version of From the Classroom to the Laboratory (Good Practices for Creating Education Laboratories) through its digital culture and technology laboratory (Hirikilabs).


For our project Smart Kids Lab, I visited the school de Regenboog ('The Rainbow') in Amsterdam (Gein).


How do you measure your own environment with simple household instruments? This is what our project Smart Kids Lab is all about. Waag approached a number of schools in Amsterdam to try out the tests that were developed.


A Dutch translation of the book 'Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom' by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager has been published.


We are hard at work for our Smart Kids Lab, that can be visited at the Medialab of Cinekid 2016. This will be an installation for kids to measure things themselves, the photo showing the 'scream' measurement device, that probably will have to endure a lot of decibels.


We, Robin van Westen and Karien Vermeulen, were invited to visit and present at FabLearn Denmark in Aarhus and Silkeborg. The conference brought together educators, Fablab crews, researchers and people from municipalities to share work and look towards the future of maker education.


On Firday 11 December 2015, the first national work conference of the Platform Maker Education took place at MakerSchool X11 in Utrecht.


Sometimes you find find something on Instructables or a similar website that you would like to make yourself, but all the parts you need are hard to get.


Making has gained new meaning in today's society. Through the rise of the Internet, new making principles have been established. These principles are based on openness, transparency, and social connectedness. New professions arise on the boundary between virtual and physical reality. Enter, the crafts of the new century and the next phase of the digital revolution.


Maker education is in the spotlights in The Netherlands. Amsterdam started the new schoolyear with a conference on educational innovation: Scratch Amsterdam 2015. Maker education stands for learning programming and coding, making things and invent: working with your hands and not only with your head.


On December 21, 2014 Jeugdland / Maakland was transformed into a true Winter Wonderland. The whole outdoor area was available for kids to do all sort of ‘make’ activities. The WEAVE workshops were also part of the programme.


During the FabSchool Kids workshops, the young participants discover a world of 3D printers, programming, and advanced graphic design applications. Four of these workshops have already taken place, so the kids are now busy building and designing their own inventions.


Karien Vermeulen attended Sugata Mitra’s recent lecture in Amsterdam about Self-Organized Learning Environments. For those who are familiar with his work, Mitra’s presentation displayed a fine overview of his previous Hole in the Wall experiments, evolving in his more recent Self-Organized Learning Environment (SOLE), in which he implements his ideas in a formal educational setting. For both newbie’s and die-hard fans, Mitra provided once again an incredibly inspiring presentation.


On Sunday March 30th, 2014 there was a special FabSchool Kids edition in de Waag. Mitch Altman, an American hacker and inventor, visited Holland this week. I got him so far that he would give one of his famous soldering workshops in the Fablab Amsterdam. Mitch Altman sells his own designed electronic kits, the rest of the time he can fill in with the things he likes most. His first wise lesson for the group of young participants marked his personal vision: "Try to make a living of what do you most love to do."


Last weekend in Barcelona, we visited the seminar and urban interventions performed by Idensitat and its local partners around Germanetes for the project Eclectis.


This week, our colleagues from Explora (Rome) and Art Land (Sofia) visited us to work on the creative concept of the textile workshops and festival that we cooperatively will develop and organize for the WEAVE project.


From 16 till 20 September, our part in the European project ECLECTIS took place in Amsterdam North. During this week, zeven international artists worked with 150 pupils of the Hyperion Lyceum to research the their environment and experiment with technology.


Armed with dishwashing brushes and vibration motors we travelled South, to the Zomerparkfeest in Venlo. At four o'clock, we had 170 different robots made.


Fabschool Kids at #OHM2013: enjoying the sun between hackers and nerds.


Sylvia Todd is “big on the Internet.” The 11-year-old science star has already received more than 1.5 million hits on her YouTube series.


Students in Motion (SIM): more than 1800 students of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (domain Media, Creation and Information) worked a week long at their concepts for a mobile app together with specialists from Waag.


Our favourite child’s TV-show Zapplive offered us some tips on clothing, a quiz on fishing, and a do-it-yourself on how to built a speakerbox from a can of Pringles or milk carton.