Teaching and Learning

Making with Purpose

Do you currently use makerspaces and desire to add the dimension of mindset? 

Are you considering the use of makerspaces and are interested in a complete set of associated learning outcomes?

Workshop: Making With Purpose

I learned I can actually use entrepreneurially minded learning on anything. Curiosity, Connections, and Creative Value are core concepts to instill in our students. And all of them are better through making!
- From a workshop survey

The below images are student artifacts from DIY Puzzle: Makerspace Technology for Rapid Prototyping.

DIY Puzzle: Makerspace Technology for Rapid Prototyping
DIY Puzzle: Makerspace Technology for Rapid Prototyping
DIY Puzzle: Makerspace Technology for Rapid Prototyping

Making With Purpose is about understanding and using the skills, craft, and art of making to foster a mindset in students as well as a skillset. 

You'll learn how to incorporate a complete set of educational objectives into makerspace activities, whether low or high-fidelity, inside or outside the classroom, and in a remote setup. The workshops emphasize the concurrent development of skillset and mindset, i.e. attitudes, dispositions, and motivations for undergraduate engineers. 

Event Information

Making With Purpose

Dates: August 2-5, 2021

Location: Virtual 

Cost: $1500.00

Cancellation Policy: If a participant cancels within 30 days of a workshop, the Kern Family Foundation may invoice the institution for a $150 cancelation fee to cover materials and other unrecoverable costs.

Your Workshop Journey

FacDev Journey


Making With Purpose

You will be empowered to: 

  • Create a plan to incorporate EML into learning experiences by integrating makerspaces and/or making experiences
  • Connect student learning objectives to projects/assignments involving making/prototyping
  • Enhance traditional courses by integrating the entrepreneurial mindset (EM) through hands on making projects
  • Develop creative confidence in students through hands-on experiences
  • Develop familiarity with common makerspace processes and technologies
  • Provide students a method by which they can bridge the gap between idea and realization through the creation of physical artifacts
  • Teach students how to utilize physical artifacts as a medium for communication and making connections

Key Deliverables

  • Design and deploy a making-focused learning experience at your institution
  • Assess the effectiveness of your making-focused experience
  • Create a network of support as a community of practice
  • Share experiences and lessons learned with your workshop peers
  • Develop an Engineering Unleashed card that showcases your project

Examples of Workshop Content

Making at Wake Forest

Making with Purpose - Wake Forest Engineering

Will making activities themselves have an effect on student learning outcomes? Give students a broader perspective of instrumentation and implement EM more heavily into the course to better prepare students for senior Capstone.
Students Teaching Engineering- Making Products for Education

Students Teaching Engineering- Making Products for Education

Adapt this flexible hands-on project where students work in teams and engage with maker spaces to create an inexpensive visual aid that illustrates a class concept, then use it to teach someone! This card also received an Honorable Mention in the 2020 ASEE Best Card Competition.
Integrated Making

Integrated Manufacturing Project

Task students with the design and creation of a set of drink coasters and a container for them which integrates multiple technologies into a single project, while encouraging them to take on an entrepreneurial mindset and develop a design which adds value to the package as a whole.