maker education

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 Makerspaces, or development studios which emphasize prototyping and the repurposing of found objects in service of creating new inventions or innovations.


There will be five new 'Maakplaatsen' in Amsterdam in the coming years. That will bring the total to 11 locations.


Max shares insights after the first DO IT workshop series in which we worked co-creatively with childeren in makerspaces across Europe.


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.


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!


During the first FabLearn conference in the Netherlands six research papers were published on maker education.


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!


Have a look which makers, innovators and speakers were part of the programme of the first Dutch Fablearn education conference.


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.


Teachers in Dutch education can get acquainted with the newest maker technologies at Teacher Maker Camp.


'What would make your neighbourhood better or nicer and how would you design this?' Hannah de Bruijn went to the opening of the fourth Maakplaats.


The biggest Maker festival of the Netherlands is coming up. Everyone who wants to learn by making, is welcome.


The Waag team involved in the DO IT project was in Billund, Denmark: home of LEGO and a cradle for ideas about learning through play.


As of now, our Fabschoolino will be sold through the webshop of Conrad. Fabschoolino is a do-it-yourself mini-computer that’s especially developed for young makers.


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.


On 13 December, 2017, the final workshop of FabSchool took place at the Waag, where children demonstrated their sustainable solutions.


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


We will be organising a great maker festival in 2018 with many partners for Dutch education. The maker festival will be a showcase of what the maker movement in The Netherlands has to offer.


After two Summer Schools at the Waag building in Amsterdam in the past years, a third Summer Academy was organised on location this year. Earlier participants of the Hout- en Meubileringscollege (HMC) created together with Waag a programme to share their knowledge and experiences with their colleagues.


A new and special training for teachers this fall: the Maakplaats 021 fellowship.


Design, build and discover creative technology. In September 2017, we started the third series of FabSchool of this year, the after-school activity at our Fablab. FabSchool is learning by making.


A 'Maakplaats' is a maker space at one of the Amsterdam public libraries (OBA), containing a similar set of machines as a Fablab. Not so visible for the public is the training programme for employees of the municipal public libraries we organise. We are training a whole new team of coaches that will run the maker spaces at the OBA libraries.


OBA, HvA, Pakhuis de Zwijger and Waag have won the NSVP / GAK SkiLLLsChallenge 2017 with a plan for a Fellowship programme for teachers within the project Amsterdam Maakplaats 021.


The recently published fifth edition of the digital magazine 'Mediawijs in het onderwijs' (Media literacy in education) covers the topic of maker education in The Netherlands.


At the Fablearn conference in Denmark we hosted a workshop on our educational programme ‘Who is the boss of the Internet?’ and presented our collaboration with the Amsterdam Public Library to develop 10 maker spaces.


On February 3rd, the first 'Maakplaats' of the Amsterdam 021 project opened its doors at the Waterlandplein in Amsterdam North. This is a maker space for young inventors at the OBA (public library).


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.


Teacher Maker Camp wants to give teachers a chance to develop their maker mindset and skills


We are proud to share the launch of our program ‘Amsterdam 021, make your future,’ in which the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA), digital pioneer Waag / FabLab Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger and the Hogeschool van Amsterdam join forces to give every child the change to become an inventor.


To further aid the bottom-up maker education movement in The Netherlands, research is of importance. Commissioned by Platform Maker Education, two partner research groups have conducted a survey of maker education in the Dutch context.


It’s been a month full of travelling and meeting new people, for the Creative Learning Lab. After our visit to FabLearn in Denmark, we were invited to FABelgrade in Serbia. FABelgrade is the first FabLab conference in Serbia, organised by the people of FabInitiative, Polyhedra and Fablab Belgrade.


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.


Hundreds of Dutch teachers were granted vouchers from Platform Maker Education, which they will use in order to learn about maker education and on how to make this work in their class rooms.


Maker education for all just got one step closer. On February 11th, Platform Maker Education launched its website,, at the Balie in Amsterdam.


Our partners Arjan van der Meij and Per- Ivar Kloen won the IPON award 2016. As ambassadors of the maker education movement, they received the encouragement award.


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


Waag’s Creative Learning Lab organised a 4-day professional development course for teachers about maker education. Teachers did get acquainted with the newest maker technologies—like digital fabrication, 3D printing, electronics, and programming. But most of all, they did get to experience being a learner again. They were inspired, and could make what they always wanted to make.


The Platform Maker Education has gained support from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to promote maker education in The Netherlands. The Ministry will push the concept 'learning by making' with this move, which will mean that more schools in The Netherlands can integrate makers education in their lessons.


In the first Teacher Maker Camp (HMC Summerschool) for maker education, it was all about creativity, enthusiasm for making, DIY and the eagerness to learn. To inspire teachers, but also to train them in the skills needed for the 21st century. For four days, they became pupils again.


Twenty teachers of the college for woodworking, furniture and interior followed a tailored made summerschool at Fablab Amsterdam.


In two schools in The Netherlands, we examine semi-plug 'n play materials you can put to use in the classroom. Such materials contribute to knowledge construction rather than just knowledge transfer.


On Tuesday 4 November 2014, children made a statement about 'Learning by making' in education in the Dutch parliament by using 3-D printers. How can we stimulate the development of skills that are needed for tomorrow's world? Together with educational experts, makers and the business world we presented a petition that pleads for more creativity and DIY technology in the classroom.


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.


Could 3D-printers, FabLabs, and Makey Makey’s be incorporated into the education system? These are all examples of tools and initiatives linked to the ‘learning by making’ philosophy. But what does this new teaching method mean exactly? And, more importantly, what is the added value of including 'maker education’ in the regular education system? These subjects and questions were the main focus of the FabSchool event on September 24, 2014. More than 70 teachers, makers, and other interested parties came to the Waag to talk about recent developments in the field of education. - learning by making, initiated by Waag in collaboration with Rotslab, gives an impulse to creativity and making.


In our rapidly changing society and economy we need a new vision on the subjects of 'learning' and 'educational environments'. 'The Open Call: educational environments for inventors, thinkers and workers' was organized to stimulate improvement in education in combination with creativity.


Once a year, at the beginning of the new school year, we organize an open day for education. On 3 October 2012 we welcomed everyone in the Waag building to get acquainted with our projects and educational trends.