ENABLING CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVERS

Enabling schools and communities to inspire future inventors, engineers, makers and digital masterminds!

What is Maker Education?

Maker education is a learner centred approach to teaching creativity and problem solving using tools and technology such as 3D printing, electronics, robotics, computing and materials. It is about nurturing learners who can take personal ownership of a problem, explore ways to solve that problem, make something and share their experience. Making and child led learning are not new concepts, however a resurgence in the constructionist approach to education suggests a new kind of maker-led pedagogy is required that allows for exploration, design thinking, collaboration and cross-curricular learning.

Digital and technical advancements are developing exponentially, yet the UK is facing a major skills shortage in this sector.  Educators, researchers and industry leaders need to work together to ensure our education system has the ability to equip children with the skills and knowledge required to solve problems that don’t yet exist, with tools that haven’t been invented yet.

Maker education is not just about having a makerspace full of the latest tools and robotics.  It is a shift in the way we teach children to look at the world, empowering them as makers and thinkers, rather than just consumers.


About us

MakerEd UK is an initiative led by Dr Alison Buxton at STEAM Works Learning.  It aims to help raise the profile of Maker Education in the UK and help schools and communities to provide maker-centred learning opportunities to young people.

The initiative has support from leaders in education, research and industry, including the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University and Colido.

"It's fantastic to see how easily the children have picked up 3D design and
printing in such a short time"

FREE 3D PRINTER FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS & LIBRARIES

We have teamed up with Colido 3D Printers and the Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University to offer you an amazing opportunity to get 3D printing into your classroom.

SPECIAL OFFER!

Get a free Colido Compact 3D printer for your school or library when you purchase a 1kg reel of filament every month for 12 months for just £27.00.  A 1kg reel is enough filament to produce around 200 keyrings or Christmas tree decorations!

To help you get started using your printer in the primary classroom or library, we are offering a special offer on training.

Enquire now for further details.

Free 3D Printing Lesson Resources - coming soon

Do you want to become a Maker School?

We work with educational establishments and industry leaders
to develop and deliver outstanding training, support and resources to help
schools offer the best opportunities to their pupils. If you would like to
be involved or support the initiative, get in touch.

SCHOOLS

We offer a support and consultancy to enable teachers to introduce and integrate maker education into school.

LIBRARIES & MUSEUMS

We believe maker education should be accessible to all and can help you turn an area in your library or museum into a space for the local community to get hands-on and creative with digital technology.

YOUNG MAKERS

We want everyone to unleash their inner-maker and we believe that every child has amazing creativity, curiosity and ingenuity. With the right tools and some imagination we know you can make some amazing things.

PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

We are happy to announce
that COLIDO are the OFFICIAL 3D PRINTER PARTNER for MakerEd UK