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Saturday, October 20 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Supporting Failure: How, When and Why Kids and Educators Describe “Failures” in Making

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This presentation will disseminate findings from a study exploring how youth and educators use the term failure during making activities, and what pedagogical strategies educators use to support youth through struggle. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their own practices and review materials designed to support educators and their youth in planning for experiences where it can feel safe to fail. Many voices in the educational maker movement have cautioned the field about using the term “failure” with youth in inappropriate or insensitive ways. However, many of us—and many of our young students—use the word to describe when something doesn’t work out like you expect it to. In this presentation, we unpack what the term failure means, from interviews conducted with 133 youth and over 25 educators, as well as survey results from over 100 maker educators. We look across contexts and tasks to describe a taxonomy of failures within a making context.

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Alice Anderson

Manager of Audience Research and Impact, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Alice Anderson is the Manager of Audience Research and Impact at the Minneapolis Institute of Art where she studies how people learn through informal learning experiences. Stemming from her background in art museum education, she is particularly interested in how experiences with... Read More →
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Keith Braafladt

Director, Learning Technologies Center, Science Museum of Minnesota
Keith Braafladt is an artist and director of the Learning Technologies Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota. He has over 25 years of experience designing, developing and introducing computer programming and computational thinking processes to youth and educators in informal settings... Read More →
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Kelley Meister

Kelley Meister (pronouns: ze/hir/hirs) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been shown around the country. Ze received an MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2008 and continues to live and work in Minneapolis. Kelley also works as a teaching artist... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm PDT
CFL B (Robert N. Noyce Center for Learning B, fits 24 people, LOWER LEVEL)