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Maker Education Card Game

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I like and have always used games in my classrooms. One of my current educational interests is maker education. As such, I have begun creating games for maker education – see my first one, a board game, at Reflecting on the Making Process. The game I am presenting here is a card game that ends with the makers making something based on selected cards. Each maker picks a card from each of the three categories:

  1. The Thing or Process
  2. The Product
  3. The Population.

For example, a maker may choose, Create a Blueprint from The Thing or Process category; a New Toy from the Product category; and Adults from the population category meaning the maker would create a blueprint for a new toy for adults. The educator and makers can choose whether it is a “blind” pick or one in which the makers see their options. (Note – I would love to increase options in all categories. If you have additional card ideas, please leave them in the comments section).




Written by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

December 6, 2015 at 1:29 am

16 Responses

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  1. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.


    December 6, 2015 at 2:25 am

  2. Create not consume!
    Great article – thanks!


    December 6, 2015 at 1:22 pm

  3. Write a user guide for… Create an advertisement for… Write a product review for…. …a new tool …a new outdoor activity centre …a new accessory …for travellers …for new immigrants …for politicians …for (other occupational group) …people with pets …people with disabilities


    December 9, 2015 at 3:48 am

    • thanks for the suggestions, Kath!

      Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

      December 9, 2015 at 3:51 am

  4. Excellent idea Jackie, and combining it with Reflecting on the Making Process is terrific. I will think about suggesting additional options for all categories and post them here.

    Jim Lerman

    January 1, 2016 at 1:39 am

    • This post ( contains more good ideas than I could ever come up with on my own. Kudos to Ryan Schaff: 60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know. Lots of these should provoke ideas for adding options to various categories. I will keep my eyes open for more like this and post them here.

      Jim Lerman

      January 5, 2016 at 7:38 pm

  5. Jackie, have you ever tried to see how Maker Education applies to NGSS? I would like to see how maker activities impact students in my MS science classroom. In particular:

    How does making effect student motivation?
    How does making build confidence in doing science?
    How does making impact the development of the NGSS Science Practices?
    Do maker experiences develop a maker mindset?


    March 10, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    • Hi Craig – I think that experiential activities like those used in Maker Education can easily address many NGSS. When I design lessons, I go through the standards to see which one can apply,

      As for developing a maker mindset, I don’t believe they necessarily develop a maker mindset. I believe this way of thinking comes through the way the activities are introduced and framed; and through reflection after the activities.

      Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

      March 11, 2016 at 1:30 pm

  6. i made a “why” category:Dream Problem Ideal Future and added cards like Living on Mars Health Climate change Earthquake Sustainable School Hospital etc

    cobie van de ven

    April 19, 2016 at 11:30 am

    • great ideas

      Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

      April 20, 2016 at 3:19 am

  7. I translated your cards to Dutch and added some new cards as well

    cobie van de ven

    April 22, 2016 at 9:20 am

  8. How do I get these cards??? I love them!!

    Maureen Kennedy

    October 9, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    • Thanks, Maureen. Just print them 🙂

      Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

      October 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm

  9. Hi Jackie. Thanks for this! Just what I needed. I translated it into Hebrew and added a bit:

    Avraham Roos

    January 24, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    • This is great!

      Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

      January 24, 2019 at 10:54 pm

  10. Its a good way to enhance learning. Keep it up

    Saira Ramzan

    February 11, 2020 at 3:20 pm

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