Michigan Makers: Developing Leadership Through Makerspace Mentorship
By combining Quick Wins funding with School of Information funding, we have developed two after-school makerspaces, one at Ypsilanti Community Middle School and the other at Mitchell Elementary in Ann Arbor. In these weekly spaces, graduate student mentors work to create a culture of “making” in both digital and physical spaces. Each week, mentors create a menu of activities from which students can choose to participate, ranging from multimedia production to circuitry to sewing. Through blogs, conversations, reflective journals, and documentary photos and videos, we are learning more about strategies for effectively organizing productive maker communities; supporting mentorship; fueling informal, self-directed learning and creative process; and production. As the maker movement gains momentum in schools, libraries, museums, and community spaces, we plan to share our learnings with other interested mentors in a summer professional development week.
Project Team:Kristin Fontichiaro, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Information Charles Severance, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Information