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.

Learn about our making and mentoring during the COVID-19 pandemic at this Community Engaged Learning blog post.

Beta Lab Online

Check out our social media channels (below) for more information about Beta Lab as well as project ideas:

Spring 2022

Interested in mentoring with us in Spring 2022 and beyond? Fill out the interest 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
Lead Mentors: Dorothy Hung, Joshua Lopez, Abby Uayan,

Project Alumni
Lead Mentor: Ann Rainey
Graduate student researcher: Colin Dixon
Graduate student researcher: Sagit Betser
Graduate student researcher: Jade Lee

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