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 Spring 2023 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 Mentors: Ann Rainey, Dorothy Hung, Joshua Lopez, Abby
Graduate student researchers:
Colin Dixon, Sagit Betser, Jade Lee