Designing for and facilitating meaningful making with refugee children

Sarah Priscilla Lee, Marcelo Bonilla Worsley

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

6 Scopus citations


The current political climate has seen the influx of refugees in many economically developed countries. Many of these children face challenges finding meaningful and enriching learning opportunities that foster authentic collaboration and engagement of their home cultures. One way that we aim to tackle this reality is through making. Accordingly, in this paper, we present observations from a workshop that implemented maker culture activities within a summer youth program for 16 refugees (5-17 years old).We examine the process of designing and implementing making sessions in collaboration with facilitators and children, as well as the facilitative moves that emerged throughout the program. We observe unique opportunities and points of discussion for 1) cultural bridging, 2) authentic language acquisition, and 3) meaningful making. Based on our findings, we discuss the lessons learned around embedding making in existing community spaces, the role of facilitation, and finally, the cultural contexts of making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of FabLearn 2019 - 8th Annual Conference on Maker Education
Subtitle of host publicationWhat Role does Maker Education Play in a World with Growing Social and
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450362443
StatePublished - Mar 9 2019
EventFabLearn 2019 - 8th Annual Conference on Maker Education, FL 2019 - New York, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2019Mar 10 2019

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceFabLearn 2019 - 8th Annual Conference on Maker Education, FL 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York


  • Cultural context
  • Making
  • Refugees
  • Summer program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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