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.
Principle Investigator: Lee Martin, Associate Professor
Graduate Students: Jade Lee
Undergraduate Lead Mentor: Ann Rainey
Beta Lab is looking for UC Davis undergraduates to work as
mentors to K12 youth in Davis and Sacramento for the 2019-2020
Earn 1-2 Units (EDU 198) that count toward the education
Mentor underserved youth in Sacramento & Davis on maker
Learn to use maker technologies: prototyping tools, 3D
printer, laser cutter, sewing machine, electronics
Gain research experience while working with an education
Commitment is 5-10 total hours per week, including class time
and mentoring time
Attend our OPEN HOUSE: Thursday Jan 9, 2020 at the UC Davis
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.