Makers with a Cause: Fabrication, Reflection and Community Collaboration

  • Foad HamidiEmail author
  • Melanie Baljko
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9189)


The potential of using maker and DIY approaches for collaborative learning is widely recognized. Maker techniques such as rapid prototyping are being increasingly adopted by schools, universities and colleges in order to effectively teach core design and science concepts. We describe our approach to facilitating a series of “MakeShops”, maker workshops, for undergraduate engineering students, in which we used a maker atelier model to facilitate the design and implementation of self-directed maker projects that combined making and tinkering with reflection and community collaboration.


Maker movement Design facilitation Pedagogy Interdisciplinary collaboration Self-directed learning 



We would like to thank all the workshop participants and our community partners. We are grateful for support received from the Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) initiative, which is a special project of the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of EngineeringYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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