Empowering the next generation
Empowering the next generation to Shape Their Worlds with research mentoring, and a connected community.
Research Project Collaboration
The primary purpose of this study is to best understand the requirements and interests of early childhood educators to develop teacher training materials that can be used by others to apply the principles of Maker-centered Learning. Structured by the Agency by Design at Harvard University, this collaborative inquiry is grounded in the principles of design-based research wherein the expertise of researchers and practitioners are combined to develop dynamic interventions that result in “usable knowledge” that is specific to a particular context.
Empowering Teachers As Makers
Young Innovators Foundation is dedicated to expanding and uplifting the culture of maker-centered learning in early childhood settings.
Classroom-based teaching practices must shift from standardized delivery of content to supporting children’s interest-driven knowledge while promoting innovation.
Join a powerful network of professionals who are committed to growing their careers and becoming Agents of Change. By participating in the program, you will develop a growth mindset, inspiring you to look at your career path in an expansive manner honoring your talents and early childhood education knowledge. Throughout the program, you will have an experienced mentor to support, challenge, and assist you in practically applying the curriculum to your career.
Maker-Centered Learning Competitions
Come experience the excitement of bringing ideas to life in a fun filled festival where children experience learning, build their innovation skills to identify and offer solutions to real-world challenges in their communities.
The competitions are open to preschools and after school clubs. Teams compete to win seed funding money for their own innovative start-up company, and receive coaching from a panel of local judges with business and financial experience.
This program showcases Maker-centered learning in action.