Beta Lab

Beta Lab

Overview Lee Martin

Build. Engineer. Tinker. Adapt.

The Beta Lab at UC Davis studies how young people learn and develop through participation in making and the Maker Movement. We investigate the nature of learning that occurs during extended, youth-driven maker projects, and we design learning environments and tools to support learning through making.

Beta Lab @ Home

In person mentoring is on hold indefinitely due to COVID-19 closures, but we have moved our efforts online. We developed simple but robust making at home kits — visit our supplies list to build your own — and have partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Sacramento to deliver some of these maker kits to families. We have creating online activities and hosting making sessions to encourage young people to play and make things. Check out our social media channels (below) for more information and search for #HomeMakeKit for activities beyond our project :

Spring 2021

Interested in taking the course and mentoring with us in Spring 2021? Fill out the application and we will get back to you.

About the Name

Beta stands for Build, Engineer, Tinker, Adapt. Our lab encourages a beta-testing approach to youth projects, where the work is naturally seen as in process – substantive but imperfect, where mistakes and setbacks are an expected part of the process of learning and making.

Project Personnel

Principle Investigator: Lee Martin, Associate Professor of Education
Graduate Student Researcher: J C Leapman
Undergraduate Lead Mentor: Ann Rainey

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