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 of education
Graduate Students: Colin Dixon, Sagit Betser
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.