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Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators 1st Edition

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National Science Teachers Association - NSTA Recommends®

"The book presents cases that demonstrate how all learners, including diverse and undeserved, were motivated and engaged in STEM activities both in and out of school settings. This is a valuable resource for educators. Recommended for university libraries and STEM educators, particularly those involved in teaching science. Summing Up: Recommended"―H.P.Koirala, Eastern Connecticut State University, for CHOICE, November 2013

"Once in a long while a book comes along that seems to be so perfect. This is the case with the Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators."―Steve Canipe, Director, Science, Mathematics & Instructional Design Technology, NSTA

"The case for the urgent need to inspire more young people to pursue college and career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is irrefutable. Our leadership abroad and quality of life at home depend upon it. Now comes this delightful, thoughtful, and practical book that tells us how to move forward. Using real-world examples, it shows us how to ignite passion, stimulate learning, and equip a diverse generation of innovators and makers. If you care about the future of our country, you should read this book and then put its lessons to work. Few things are as important."―Ursula Burns, Chairwoman and CEO, Xerox Corporation

"In our digitally interconnected world, it is possible to forget the importance of children touching and making things as a key element of enhancing their learning. Touching and making sparks their imaginations and excites them about science and engineering. The idea of time together to design, and actually touch and make things, as part of play, is important to enhancing our children’s education. This book elucidates the important role of extracurricular learning that takes place outside of the formal school setting. Design, Make, Play is a book that every individual interested in STEM education and our children’s overall educational progress should read."―Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"Margaret Honey and David Kanter have created a thought-provoking volume on one of contemporary education’s most pressing challenges: how to ensure―and further, enhance―engaging STEM learning at America’s schools in the 21st century. Universities, facing the prospect of a dwindling pipeline of STEM-qualified students, have a direct stake in the outcomes. By showcasing cutting-edge methods, the contributors argue convincingly for the power of creative, hands-on instructional play in fostering the love of learning critical for success in school, college, and far beyond."―John Sexton, President, New York University

"A wonderful and useful book. (In fact, any book with a chapter entitled "No Bored Kids" is bound to be helpful.) Through multiple case studies, it shows in concrete ways how to initiate, integrate, and promote the learning and joy of science through discovery and doing. Many pay lip service to discovery-based learning, but this book presents the real thing. This book accomplishes something else very important―it has discovered the T and E in STEM through its cogent presentations about tinkering and about the Maker movement and its philosophy. This is a great read and guide to those interested in retooling STEM education for early learners."―Charles Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering; President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Capturing a vast array of real-world stories, editors Margaret Honey and David Kanter present a case for STEM innovation that aligns well with the emergent Maker culture and today’s DIY ethos" ―Teachers College Record

About the Author

Dr. Margaret Honey is President and CEO of the New York Hall of Science.

Dr. David Kanter is Director of the Sara Lee Schupf  Family Center for Play, Science, and Technology Learning at the New York Hall of Science.



Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041553920X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415539203
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book provides a grounding of the maker movement in education/learning literature. Great resource for those interested in Make education, tinkering, K-12 engineering education, or related area. Most, though not all, of the chapters are from authors in the designed setting world (science centers/museums). Tinkering and making in organized programs is sparse (e.g., afterschool, 4-H).
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