Maker Ed’s Open Portfolio Project‘s maker site survey was intended to gain a better understanding of the landscape of maker programs and makerspaces, specifically around their portfolio practices and goals. Our sixth research brief, Survey of Makerspaces, Part I, provides an overview of the surveyed educational spaces, including information on whom they serve and their maker programming.
Our seventh and newest research brief, Survey of Makerspaces, Part II, is the second of three briefs dedicated to the analysis of the maker site survey. This research briefs dives into how these sites — and the programs they offer — align themselves with national educational initiatives, including connections to Next Generation Science Standards’ Science and Engineering Practices and 21st Century Skills. The findings are remarkable.