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Facilitating Learning in Making and Tinkering Experiences

Educators in informal learning environments are often called “facilitators” to highlight the role that they play in guiding youth interests rather than prescribing or directing their activities. Facilitators are typically recruited from the local community, schools, and companies with varied backgrounds with youth, education, and technology. We have been studying what supports facilitators to take on this role and the practices they develop to support others to create, express, and share their ideas, particularly in making and tinkering spaces.