This project will investigate the benefits and challenges of including young children, along with their parents and caretakers, in activities in Makerspaces based in museums and non-formal learning centers. Working with a US museum, we will observe current provision aimed at young children, capitalising on the uniquely diverse array of making opportunities for young children in the Bay Area (a center of technological innovation due to its proximity to California’s Silicon Valley).

We will conduct a landscaping activity in order to map the current range of provision in museums and non-formal learning spaces across the Bay Area, identifying some of the barriers to expanding digital making opportunities for young children and collating good practice on how these might be overcome. The research will build on our current project, Parenting for a Digital Future, by recognizing and focusing on the role of parents in modelling or engaging with making activities to support emerging forms of individual or jointly negotiated digital literacy.

Our research blog, which includes updates on both Parenting for a Digital Future and our emerging findings from MakEY, can be found at Parenting for a Digital Future

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