Category: Poster

15 - Creativity and Maker Skills Training in a Short Course: Lessons Learned and Possibilities

Friday, Nov 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

How can a short course introduce students to a variety of maker skills, teach creative thinking strategies, and promote an iterative mindset, all while guiding students to develop ideas for individual interest-based projects? In this session, hear the story of “Intro to Making,” a half-semester mini-course for university freshmen and sophomores that was designed to be adaptable to middle school and above. Lesson sequence, project descriptions, and a summary of assignments are provided. Discussion is encouraged!

Laurel Brandon

Research Assistant
University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut

Laurel Brandon is a doctoral student in the Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development program at the University of Connecticut under the advisement of Sally Reis and works as a graduate research assistant with Joe Renzulli and Ron Beghetto on the Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation Index and Portfolio project. She also serves as a student on-site coordinator for Confratute and is an Innovation Fellow working with the First Year Programs and Learning Communities department to develop curriculum for the Innovation Zone Makerspace for first- and second-year undergraduate students. Prior to beginning doctoral studies, Laurel taught gifted cluster, pull-out, and self-contained classes (grades 3-6) for 6 years. Her research interests include enrichment pedagogy, interest and talent development, and positive psychology.