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Build the essential 4—creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking! Go beyond theory and find out how to systematically integrate STEAM and Makerspaces that prepare students for real-world experiences. This engaging resource outlines step-by-step processes to help anyone start their STEAM and Maker journey. Charts, checklists, web links, student stories and teacher challenges help you make meaningful subject area connections and tap your students’ natural curiosity. District and school leaders will learn to: • Develop dedicated makerspaces • Integrate STEAM and Making into daily practice • Differentiate instruction for all learners • Promote a growth and design culture • Create a STEAM Maker network • Align with core standards and The Next Generation Science Standards Get students to think more creatively and collaboratively and see them become more engaged in learning that’s both challenging and fun. This go-to-guide shows you how! “More than ever before, schools are being called on to create cultures of innovation, moving to learning that is personalized, relevant, and full of rigorous and authentic opportunities for all students. STEAM Makers provides invaluable insight into the necessary shifts in instructional pedagogy needed to create learning environments and opportunities that are future ready.” Thomas C. Murray Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education “This book will make you want to be better for kids. With compelling examples, provocative questions, and a pragmatic roadmap, STEAM Makers cuts through the jargon and offers readers a vision of the future of education. Jacie Maslyk masterfully empowers readers to be dreamers and change-makers.” Dr. Brad Gustafson Elementary Principal, Digital Innovation in Learning Award (DILA) winner


Failure is instructive. The person, who really thinks, learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.

—John Dewey

One Saturday morning, I sat watching my almost three-year-old son as he tinkered with some blocks, cardboard boxes, and toy cars. With a very serious look on his face, he was clearly designing something important. (He was constructing a multilevel garage to house all of his toy cars.) His brows furrowed. He took pieces apart. At one point, he slammed down his fists and exhaled a loud “ugh!” He moved around, grabbed a different block and tried again. While his multilevel car garage continued to grow and change, he encountered challenges. Things didn’t work. He got frustrated, but yet he persevered. I watched as ...

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