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News from the Faculty of Education:


  • Winter 2018

    Dr. Janette Hughes, Canada Research Chair, Technology and Pedagogy, is travelling across Ontario with her STEAM 3D Maker Team, working with students and educators to establish makerspaces and innovation centres in their schools. To date, the research team has visited more than 60 schools across Ontario from Kenora to Niagara Falls and Ottawa to Windsor. The STEAM Team engages students, teachers, parents and administrators, in STEAM challenges that focus on the design thinking process. Participants must use transferable skills such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication, perseverance and problem-solving to work through the inquiry-based, participant driven challenges.

    Local sessions are offered in the STEAM 3D Maker Lab located at the Faculty of Education, 11 Simcoe St. N. in Oshawa. Students of all ages and their teachers visit the lab to work with new tools and technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing, programmable robots, coding with microcontrollers like Micro:Bits, circuit building and green screen video production. This makerspace focuses on making as well as low and no-tech making such as working with fabrics and yarns to build an e-textile component to the by adding LED lights or sensors. To visit the STEAM 3D Maker Lab, which is open to the public, contact Laura Morrison, Lab Manager