Should Makers Be the Engineers of the Future?
MacGyver. Iron Man. Maker or Engineer? Engineering degree or experience making? What can we learn about Makers to improve how we teach engineering in the undergraduate classroom? How could the shifting landscape in higher education make right now the time to bring Making to the forefront in how we prepare engineers and builders of the future? How can we develop educational programs to fill a gap to help Young Makers become Adult Makers?
Dr. Micah Lande and Dr. Shawn Jordan will share learnings from a pair of NSF-sponsored research projects on the pathways of Adult Makers and Young Makers. Aspects of Making, include “additive innovation”, playful invention, and a sharing ethos within the community to contribute to a constructive and collaborative Maker learning ecology. As Makers embolden the Engineer of 2020 characteristics of practical ingenuity, creativity, and propensity toward lifelong learning, we pose the following question: Should Makers be the engineers of the future?
Coupled with experiences teaching Making and (mechanical and electrical) engineering at the Arizona State University’s Fulton Schools of Engineering’s Polytechnic School, collaboration with TechShop to build a community and university makerspace in Chandler, AZ, and being thought leaders in a growing national engineering education research community, Drs. Lande and Jordan will talk about the decades-long evolution of engineering programs towards hands-on, project-based learning and how that continued rise could shape Making in higher education programs. Drs. Lande and Jordan will talk about the opportunities and possible concerns about overlapping Making and engineering education.