This evening while I was cruising my Twitter feed, I came across a question posed by someone I work with. He was wondering how STEM differs from the Maker Movement (if it does). It got me thinking, so I naturally got to Googling it. Much to my chagrin, there was nothing readily available comparing the two. I turned to Old Faithful (a/k/a Wikipedia) for the answers that I sought. Here's what I found:
So, let's say that STEM is focused on education and policy. There is bureaucracy involved and it's a top down operation.
Let's say that Makers are a groundswell sort of personal learning operation...Learning because it's fun.
Can Makers and Makerspaces incorporate STEM into their learning and experience? Absolutely, I think they mostly do. But, they are definitely not interchangeable terms, ideas or concepts. At their core, STEM is top down; and the Maker movement is bottom up.
What do you think about STEM and the Maker Movement? Are you involved with them?
My uber-complicated sources are here and here.
I'm a Technology Coach and IT Support for a school. I'm passionate about 1:1 classrooms technology in instruction.