People define maker education differently, but broadly speaking, maker education encompasses any learning activity that focuses on the creative process of student-centered design, resulting in either physical or digital creations.
What is the Maker Promise?
The Maker Promise is a campaign to equip more schools with the resources and support they need to provide quality maker learning experiences for their students. As part of this effort, we are challenging school leaders, educators, and community advocates to sign the Promise, and to commit to being a champion for making by:
developing opportunities for students to learn through making,
creating and supporting spaces for making, and
showcasing what students make.
Maker Promise signers gain access to resources to help them advocate for and facilitate making in their schools and communities.
Who can sign the Maker Promise?
We encourage a broad range of educators and advocates to sign the Promise. As evidenced by established school makerspaces, it takes a team of educators including school leaders, teachers, and community members to create and support a space for making. We encourage all of these constituents to sign the Promise. (We will ask about your role when you sign the Promise.)
Who is behind the Maker Promise?
The Maker Promise is currently led by Digital Promise and Maker Ed, and is supported by organizations and foundations working to bring making to students in and out of school.
Are there any cost/fess associated with the Maker Promise?
Nope! The Maker Promise is free to sign, and we appreciate you joining the movement!
How can signing the Maker Promise help our school or community develop its approach to maker education?
We are thrilled to offer Maker Promise signers a suite of resources including access to an online professional development course, resources from partners, and opportunities for projects and contests like the filmMAKER Challenge. Additionally, there are many external resources that we feature in our newsletters that can help your school or community.
What happens next?
After signing the Maker Promise, you will receive a bi-weekly newsletter highlighting resources, events, and special opportunities and discounts related to maker education. In the future, you will be invited to participate in meetups and convenings with fellow signers and maker educators. Additionally, we plan to connect you with local organizations who can help you to meet the Promise. Maker Promise staff will also occasionally reach out to you to learn more about the work you are doing and how we can help.