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Using a Makerspace approach to engage Indonesian primary students with STEM

Susan Blackley, Curtin University
Yuli Rahmawati, Universitas Negeri Jakarta
Ella Fitriani, Universitas Negeri Jakarta
Rachel Sheffield, Curtin University
Rekha Koul, Curtin University

Issues in Educational Research, 2018, Vol 28(1), 18-42
URL: http://www.iier.org.au/iier28/blackley-abs.html

ABSTRACT

This paper examines the learning experiences of 291 Year 5 and 6 Indonesian primary school students, across four schools in North Jakarta, who participated in an integrated STEM project that used a 3-phase Makerspace approach: exposure, engagement and experimentation, and evaluation and extension. The Wiggle Bots project involved these students employing their skills and knowledge of technology and science to create a ‘bot’, and then completing a survey that examined their confidence, engagement, identification and application of science knowledge. The results indicated that a Makerspace approach was very effective in engaging students in the STEM space, and students were also challenged to work collaboratively in groups mentored by pre-service teachers. With the application of STEM knowledge and skills, we also posit that the Makerspace approach is effective in the acquisition and demonstration of 21st century skills: problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and communication.

Keywords: Makerspace approach, STEM

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