Designing a Makerspace for Children – Let’s Do It

Sandra Schön, Martin Ebner*, Maria Grandl

*Corresponding author for this work

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When makerspaces are designed for children, special motivation and reasoning needs to be made. Within this article, we describe a case study: A temporary four-day open makerspace for about 40 children per day. Motivation, considerations and the development process as well as the actual realization are described and discussed. We comment on how such a space for children and adolescents should be arranged for future studies. As described, considerations in terms of participation, peer tutoring and gender mainstreaming influence the design of the space, the methods used, as well as the general setting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducational Robotics in the Context of the Maker Movement, 2018
EditorsMichele Moro, Dimitris Alimisis, Luca Iocchi
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-18141-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-18140-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume946 AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


  • Children
  • Education
  • Maker Days
  • Maker education
  • Maker movement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing

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