ITEEA 2016, Washington

Conference: ITEEA 2016 International Technology and Engineering Educators Association

I’m in Washington, DC today. I just gave a talk on a topic that is extremely important to me: collaborating to build a diverse STEM-literate society. I argued about the need to include youth voice and choice in defining new standards for technological literacy. I brought down the house!! Literally, the lights went off and for awhile I spoke in the dark… with the serendipity of a dramatic situation to captivate the focussed attention of my audience.

I am grateful for key opportunities to speak about my research and advocate for the issues that I care deeply about.

Paula MacDowell

A virtual round of applause to my colleagues for an excellent group presentation @ITEEA. We reported an overview of the maker movement and introduced new methods for researching maker culture, including the Tween Empowerment & Advocacy Methodology (TEAM), design-based research (DBR), and technology-based research (TBR). We profiled methodological advances derived from lab and field-based studies and conceptual analyses, and explored connections between TEAM, DBR, TBR, maker culture, and STEM education.

Paula MacDowell