We need to make the school curriculum more flexible in favor of the Maker Culture

I have had the opportunity to work with the maker culture in many ways, at school as a teacher of 24 classes and now at the Education Department working on public training policies for the transformation of Education.

Many teachers have questions about how to work with the do-it-yourself movement. This text is an invitation for reflection on the many possibilities of work and to understand more about the maker universe and to make the school curriculum flexible in favor of the maker doing.

The maker culture is the gateway to work with innovation and it invites students and teachers to learn through experimentation, in addition to allow youth protagonism by stimulating creativity, logical thinking and working trying to solve real problems.

To work with the maker universe, I believe that it is not necessary to have dedicated learning spaces, it is enough to reorganize the furniture, assemble corners with materials and tools and exercise creativity.  However, it is important to know that many schools have dedicated spaces in digital format  with equipment such as a 3D printer, laser cutter and supplies for robotics but they are all unplugged and the space is used for specific activities that include sewing, embroidery, woodworking, animation, 3D modeling with playdough and others.

Being a maker is, above all, having an attitude and transforming the class into collaborative learning! It is carrying out activities and living experiences, in this way, it ends up being a great umbrella for working with computational thinking.

I have recently carried out a training with teachers who made a mechanical hand with low resources and I was delighted with what the teacher did, he turned this learning into a robotic hand for the children of the early years to work with motor coordination and or for those who do not have movements. This is magic!

Making the school curriculum flexible

Culture does not replace the school curriculum, but it encourages you to do it in a different format! I can work in a history class with the central theme about Egypt and for that to play storytelling with the students and create games from scratch. And or I can work in the science discipline the environmental issue and address the recycling of materials and from this work to mobilize other areas of knowledge in this construction, but without losing the essence, of talking about the environmental issue and the time taken by materials to decompose.

 

Therefore, it is necessary to look at the school curriculum and understand that the maker culture is an ally to make it more attractive and meaningful to students, in addition to allowing the transformation of theory into practice; make learning meaningful and a more practical curriculum; experiencing learning in a singular and plural way and encouraging scientific thinking.

 

There are many benefits when working with the maker culture allied to the school curriculum, in addition to the opportunity to revolutionize Education by allowing youth protagonism and a meaningful education for all!

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