MAKESHOP and the Children’s Museum are currently involved in these nationally funded initiatives to study making as a learning process:
- Supporting Making in Museums and Libraries – National Leadership Grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Institute of Museum and Library Services have launched a field-wide initiative to understand, advance, support and connect makerspaces in museums and libraries. Partners include the North Carolina State University Library, Exploratorium, Chicago Public Library and the Maker Education Initiative. Join the converstaion, share your work and be part of the movement at makingandlearning.org.
- Family Learning in Museum – Base Makerspaces: National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, in partnership with New York Hall of Science, is conducting a three-year design-based study of family participation in museum-based makerspaces. Our goal is to reliably design physical, social and spatial tools to support meaningful family participation in museum-based makerspaces that employ a deep understanding of productive patterns of family participation and their associated learning outcomes in these spaces based on empirical research, learning literature and practitioner experience.
- Learning in Making: Studying and Designing Makerspaces Cyberlearning Grant from the National Science Foundation As partner to learning scientists Erica Halverson from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Kimberly Sheridan from George Mason University, the Museum is helping to investigate what and how participants learn in makerspaces in order to then create designed experiences for families and young people who are not otherwise engaged in technologically-mediated arts and science activities.
Check back for reports of our findings, related research articles and ways you can get involved.