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STEM: Making and Creating (Module)

Module description

Making and creating are crucial components of all STEM subjects offering the potential to develop, trial and seek out solutions, whilst generating new lines of enquiry. In this module students will gain the theoretical knowledge and practical know-how to design and run making activities for a range of learners across a variety of formal and out-of-classroom educational contexts. Integrating aspects of physical computing, basic engineering, mathematics and scientific principles with hands-on project-based learning perspectives, students will reflect on how best to create and use making pedagogies to engage and motivate learners.

Students will work with peers, module tutors and external experts – artists and professional maker-space facilitators – to gain a rich understanding of making, and to develop critical perspectives on the value and future of making in a range of educational settings. The module combines preparatory online resources and group discussions with face-to-face sessions and tutorial group work. The majority of on-campus sessions will be taught on Saturdays offering students from outside London and those with weekday commitments the opportunity to study this module.

Students selecting this module should previously studied either 7SSES004 Principles and Policy of STEM Education or 7SSES005 Environmental Education: Sustainability and Society.

Staff information

Dr Heather King

Teaching pattern

The module combines preparatory online resources and group discussions with face-to-face seminars and tutorial group work so that you are able to learn alongside subject specialist academic experts, peers and colleagues.

The majority of on-campus sessions will be taught on Saturdays offering students from outside London and those with weekday commitments the opportunity to study this module.

Module assessment - more information

  • Project log book documenting ideas and reflections of making process (10% of the total mark).
  • Presentation outlining the teaching and learning within a chosen maker activity   (20%)
  • 4,000 word assignment: e.g. a discussion of making project: the practical processes involved; its pedagogical foundations; and its potential implementation in a learning setting (70%)

Key information

Module code 7SSES006

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework presentation/s

Credit value 30

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No