Hong Kong kids and parents are passionate about STEM, STEAM and Maker Education. But what is it really? And can it be best given so that it has maximum educational effects on the participants? Should teachers become facilitators, or is there something even better we can do? Should education be about learning existing knowledge, or exploring, experiential, creating new things, or advocacy and even activism?

We are in exciting times. Never before have we had access to so much information, tools and powerful ideas. With #MakerEd and STEM/STEAM nearly at full tilt in education we do well to pause and take account of its potential and impact on schools and communities. During my talk, I will try to push a bit and possibly play somewhat of a devil’s advocate. 


Bringing the Maker Movement to School (Smith & Smith, 2016)

Constructivism vs. Constructionism (Ackermann, 2001)

Constructionism vs. Instructionism (Papert, 1980s?)

This is Our Moment (Stager, 2014)

Mindstorms (Papert, 1980)
TIP: Begin with Chapter 8 Images of a Learning Society

8 Big Ideas of the Constructionist Learning Lab

Computer as Material: Messing About With Time (Papert, 1996)

Computer as Mudpie (Papert, 1984)

Amusement, Delight, and Whimsy (Ackermann, 2015)