The 2012 Making Meaning Symposium

As the host site for World Maker Faire, NYSCI has been convening national leaders in conversations about learning and engagement as they relate to young people’s passions about making. The first two conferences, funded by Time Warner Cable, the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Kauffman Foundation, yielded learning frameworks related to DMP methodologies.

This report describes the third of these annual conferences, supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and Time Warner Cable, which took place on October 1, 2012 on the heels of World Maker Faire. Building on the previous meetings and held in collaboration with the Maker Education Initiative, Making Meaning [M2] took a critical look at how to describe and document the learning that takes place when young people make.

The symposium brought together nearly 150 makers, funders, educational researchers, educators from k–12 and informal settings, museum and community- based leaders, and policymakers. Download the report to see a complete list of attendees, the keynote address, young maker profiles and more.


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