The young scientists bent carefully over their work – soldering connections from a resistor to a battery to an LED as they made an electrical circuit.
Not bad for third-graders, who are normally discouraged from playing with electricity.
Along the way, these Milwaukee students improved their knowledge and understanding of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (the STEAM subjects).
Chris Lawson, an assistant professor in UW-Milwaukee’s School of Education, Department of Educational Psychology, helped design and evaluate a study of the “maker experience” exhibit. It was done in partnership with Milwaukee’s Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, with a grant from the Herzfeld Foundation.
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