Matt Zigler, BITlab Coordinator, educator, artist, and author of Make: 3 Modes of Making: Designing Purposeful Projects to Teach Maker Skills, has developed a pioneering approach to maker education. Zigler's book is designed for educators looking for a new way to teach maker skills to high school and beyond. Rather than just creating objects, Zigler's three modes of making – imitation, modification, and innovation – empower students to apply their skills to tackle complex challenges across all subjects and aspects of life.
In his book, Zigler offers a roadmap for transforming the approach to teaching maker education. He outlines strategies for crafting valuable maker courses and provides concrete examples of engaging lessons, documentation, and effective assessment strategies. The book also includes sample courses designed around this innovative framework.
Zigler is an experienced teacher who has worked in education since college. He started his career as an art teacher and later moved on to work in a makerspaces. For the past seven years, he has led the Bullis Innovation and Technology Lab (BITlab), a state-of-the-art MIT Fabrication Lab where he has revolutionized the educational maker experience. Instead of merely creating objects, Zigler's approach teaches students to apply creativity and maker skills to solve diverse challenges and problems.
Zigler's methodology of maker education is a game-changer for educators seeking to empower their students to tackle complex challenges and apply their maker skills in innovative ways. Make: 3 Modes of Making is an essential guidebook for any educator looking to revolutionize their approach to teaching maker skills.