During 2017-18, Macquarie University partnered with the NSW Department of Education, three schools and Makers Empire for a research study examining how maker activities using 3D technology could enhance learning and teaching outcomes. The study showed:
- Makerspaces can be highly effective at developing children’s creativity, critical thinking, design thinking and digital skills.
- Students were highly engaged with 3D technology and solving design challenges – it helped boost their confidence and resilience when dealing with setbacks, particularly for less capable students.
- Teachers became more comfortable with technology and more collaborative and flexible in their teaching.
“…makerspaces is bringing the best pedagogies together, delivering the ultimate teaching and learning experiences for students and teachers. It [is about] problem solving, thinking critically and creatively and integrating across all KLAs… empowering students to propose solutions, try and refine without the fear of failure. It’s the best example I have seen of collaboration between students (and teachers!).”
NSW public school, Australia