The School of Education’s Beta Lab and the UC Davis Craft Center showcased their new collaboration at a February 15, 2023, open house event. Chancellor Gary S. May spoke to visitors and gave a screenprinting demonstration.
The newly renovated Maker Space in the Craft Center will be used as a Beta Lab classroom where K-12 students will have hands-on access to equipment such as a 3D printer, vinyl cutter and soldering kits, and have opportunities to incorporate multidisciplinary crafting into their modern designs. The Maker Space machines allow students to enhance wood, ceramics, and screenprinting studio projects as well as individual arts and crafts. UC Davis students and community members enrolled in classes at the Craft Center will be able to use the Maker Space during studio hours, as well.
Founded by principal investigator Prof. Lee Martin, the Beta Lab studies how young people learn and develop through participation in making and the Maker Movement, including investigating the nature of learning that occurs during extended, youth-driven maker projects, and designing learning environments and tools to support learning through making.
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Location: UC Davis Craft Center, 430 Hutchison Drive, South Silo Bldg. Rm. 144, Davis, 95616