The internet has facilitated a state of global interconnectedness, with youth becoming more informed and socially engaged than previous generations. Although there are many dimensions of digital citizenship, at its core is a desire for students to become active, responsible members of an increasingly technological world. At the STEAM-3D Maker Lab, we promote these values by engaging students in critical making – the production of personally relevant artifacts that deepen and extend their understanding of social issues (Ratto, 2011). By working collaboratively with classmates, teachers, and the community within the context of a maker culture, students exercise skills related to inquiry, creativity, problem solving, and collaboration in the pursuit of social justice.
To experience the process of critical making firsthand, attendees will use low-, medium-, or high-tech tools to design and create their own artifacts in response to a current social issue or event.