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.
Interested in mentoring with us in Winter 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.
Principle Investigator: Lee Martin, Associate Professor
Graduate Student Researcher: J C Leapman
Lead Mentor: Ann Rainey
Graduate student researcher:
Graduate student researcher: Sagit Betser
Graduate student researcher: Jade Lee