Smart Maker Spaces –

Daragh Byrne Associate Teaching Professor
School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University. Core faculty for MSCD and PhD CD.
Courtesy appointments in the School of Design and the Human Computer Interaction Institute.
Afflilated facilty with the IDeATe network, Block Center for Technology and Society, and CyLab.
Co-Lead of the TRACES Lab. Co-founder and platform lead for a2ru's Ground Works.
Pronunciation: Dah-rah (silent ‘gh’) · Pronouns: he/him. · Google Scholar · ResearchGate · ORCID 0000-0001-7193-006X.

Smart Maker Spaces

Smart Maker Conjecture Map
Synthesize of Co Design Outputs
Synthesize of Co Design Outputs

Dates 2017 - date

Collaborators Marti Louw (HCII, PI), Kevin Crowley (University of Pittsburgh, Co-I).

This exploratory learning research and design project will study how to use emerging technologies to help document practices in maker-based learning experiences. This exploratory research project will not only develop a networked set of situated documentation tools, but also help us test hypotheses for how to productively integrate documentation tools and practices to support learning.

The introduction of Maker technologies like Arduinos, 3d printers, and laser cutters, enable students to create sophisticated looking artifacts, but they are often disconnected from deeper learning processes. The spaces and platforms need to evolve in ways that better support the children’s creative inquiry and constructive learning. Drawing on arts-based practices of documentation and critique, this work will examine an integration of technology, space, and education to better connect students with their creative processes to strengthen and deepen learning. Ultimately, this exploratory project will not only develop an integrated set of situated documentation tools, but also will help us develop hypotheses for how documentation as a mediating process productively supports learning.

This work is supported by the National Science Foundation (Grant No. 1736189.)

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Related Publications

Byrne, D. & Louw, M. (2020) Tools with Histories: Exploring NFC-tagging to support hybrid documentation practices and knowledge discovery in makerspaces, In Proc 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - HCI International 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark, 19 - 24 July 2020

Byrne, D., Louw, M. Probing Documentation Practices of Noticing, Reflection, Articulation and Critique with Notional Prototypes. Workshop. 5th Annual Maker Educator Convening. October 12-13