Further reading

Here are some books and reference materials you may want to check out.

There are lots of resources, both online and offline, that you can consult for further inspiration and knowledge that will help you design and deliver Makeathons. You will also find a lot of academic research that underpins the value of a methodology like this.

Here are some of our favourites.


"Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom" by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager https://inventtolearn.com/

"Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff" by Curt Gabrielson https://www.amazon.com/Tinkering-Kids-Learn-Making-Stuff/dp/1449361013

"The Maker Movement in Education: Designing, Creating, and Learning Across Contexts" by Kylie Peppler, Erica Halverson, and Yasmin B. Kafai https://meridian.allenpress.com/her/article-abstract/84/4/492/32150/The-Maker-Movement-in-Education-Designing-Creating

"The Crafty Kids Guide to DIY Electronics: 20 Fun Projects for Makers, Crafters, and Everyone in Between" by Helen Leigh https://www.amazon.com/Crafty-Kids-Guide-DIY-Electronics/dp/1260142833

"Design Thinking for Educators" by IDEO and Riverdale Country School [TOOLKIT] https://designthinking.ideo.com/resources/design-thinking-for-educators

"Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators" by Margaret Honey and David E. Kanter https://www.routledge.com/Design-Make-Play-Growing-the-Next-Generation-of-STEM-Innovators/Honey/p/book/9780415539203

"The Art of Tinkering" by Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich https://www.exploratoriumstore.com/products/the-art-of-tinkering

"STEM to Story: Enthralling and Effective Lesson Plans for Grades 5-8" by 826 National and Educators from the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education https://www.amazon.com/STEM-Story-Enthralling-Effective-Lesson/dp/1119001013

"Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape Their Worlds" by Edward P. Clapp, Jessica Ross, Jennifer Oxman Ryan, and Shari Tishman https://pz.harvard.edu/resources/maker-centered-learning-empowering-young-people-to-shape-their-worlds

"Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation" by AnnMarie Thomas https://www.amazon.com/Making-Makers-Tools-Future-Innovation/dp/1457183749

"Makeology: Makerspaces as Learning Environments (Volume 1)" by Kylie Peppler, Erica Halverson, and Yasmin B. Kafai https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9781315726519/makeology-kylie-peppler-erica-halverson-yasmin-kafai

"Top 12 Tips for Setting Up a School Makerspace" by Makers Empire https://www.makersempire.com/top-12-tips-for-setting-up-a-school-makerspace/

Academic articles

Bevan, B. (2017). The promise and the promises of Making in science education. Studies in Science Education, 53(1), 75–103. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057267.2016.1275380

Blikstein, P., Kabayadondo, Z., Martin, A., & Fields, D. (2017). An Assessment Instrument of Technological Literacies in Makerspaces and FabLabs. Journal of Engineering Education, 106(1), 149–175. https://doi.org/10.1002/jee.20156

Drayton, T. (n.d.). Beyond the Maker Movement: A Preliminary Partial Literature Review on the Role of Makerspaces in Engineering Education. 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings. https://doi.org/10.18260/1-2--32151

Fornasari, A., & Conte, M. (2023). What kind of teaching in the post-digital era? The challenges of schools and universities after the pandemic: An explorative survey at University of Bari Aldo Moro. Research on Education and Media, 15(1), 88–94. https://doi.org/10.2478/rem-2023-0012

Gratani, F., & Giannandrea, L. (2022). Towards 2030. Enhancing 21st century skills through educational robotics. Frontiers in Education, 7. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2022.955285

Gratani, F., Giannandrea, L., & Rossi, P. G. (2023). Learning in the post-digital era. Transforming education through the Maker approach. Research on Education and Media, 15(1), 111–119. https://doi.org/10.2478/rem-2023-0015

Halverson, E. R., & Sheridan, K. (2014). The Maker Movement in Education. Harvard Educational Review, 84(4), 495–504. https://doi.org/10.17763/haer.84.4.34j1g68140382063

Hudson, M.-A., Baek, Y., Ching, Y., & Rice, K. (2020). Using a Multifaceted Robotics-Based Intervention to Increase Student Interest in STEM Subjects and Careers. Journal for STEM Education Research, 3(3), 295–316. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41979-020-00032-0

Riley, D., McNair, L., & Masters, A. (n.d.). Board # 128 : An Ethnography of Maker and Hacker Spaces Achieving Diverse Participation. 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings. https://doi.org/10.18260/1-2--27724

Timotheou, S., & Ioannou, A. (2019). On Making, Tinkering, Coding and Play for Learning: A Review of Current Research (pp. 217–232). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-29384-0_14

Weiner, S., Lande, M., & Jordan, S. (n.d.). Making Identities: Understanding the Factors that Lead Young Adults to Identify with the Maker Movement. 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings. https://doi.org/10.18260/1-2--28642

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