Our signature Building Real-World Learning program, the STC Maker Fellows Program, provides K-8 teachers with training, curriculum, resources, and support to facilitate STEM-focused “makerspaces” in their schools. Implemented in partnership with MakerState, our maker programs empower teachers with a hands-on approach they and their students can apply to real world STEM challenges. Students build real-world STEM skills like programming, circuit design and debugging. Students also develop transferable skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration and persistence.
In 2017, STC was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to lead the Maker Partnership Program in conjunction with MakerState and the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. The program is implementing and evaluating the use of maker pedagogy to integrate computer science and computational thinking into elementary science classrooms. From 2018-2020, we will be studying how to best support teachers as they help students leverage technology to solve problems, while also considering how to expand and scale this program.