This project investigates how a novel educational makerspace called the FUSE Studio enables, restricts and challenges
students’ engagement, learning and identity formation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) within the contexts of Finnish elementary and secondary schools as well as a science center. It will unpack the dynamics between the motivations that young people bring into their maker activities
and the demands that these activities pose on their engagement, learning and identity formation. In doing so, the project will disclose the developmental potential of the FUSE Studio concept for individual growth, as well as for institutional transformation.
Methodologically, the project will develop novel ways of analysing ethnographic data by focusing on the dynamics of three interrelated analytic levels: institutional, relational, and personal. The project addresses long-standing cultural and gender disparities in STEM fields, and how these can potentially be overcome.
Researchers: Antti Rajala, Jaakko Hilppö and Kristiina Kumpulainen