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Abstract-Sum17 CUR Quarterly: Leveraging the Maker Movement for Undergraduate Research: Developing a Making and Innovation Culture

Keywords: maker movement broadening participation innovation makers undergraduate research


Author: Jeanne Mekolichick; Joseph Wirgau
Institution: Radford University
Issue and Volume: Summer 2017; Volume 37; Number 4

Description: The authors argue that institutions should consider embracing the Maker movement as an on-ramp to undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities (URSCA), as it creates an opportunity to reach new student audiences. As high-impact practices, Making and URSCA involve creation of knowledge and result in positive student outcomes, including increased critical thinking skills. The authors discuss Radford Univ's plan to establish, develop, and expand a Making and Innovation culture.