Chinese parents are notorious for enrolling their children in a multitude of co-curricular classes, and now the rise in innovation-driven tech investment has yielded yet another option: 创客课程 or ‘maker’ classes.

“We are committed to the principles of experiential learning and project-based learning,” states Join-In (卓因青少年创意工场), one of many ‘maker’ education companies in China. They have an extensive repertoire of workshops for children aged 3 to 18, from soldering a wristwatch to building a robotic car that can be controlled remotely through Bluetooth.

In maker education or ‘learning through making’, learning is supposed to happen as part of the student’s experience as they tackle hands-on projects on their own or with peers. Ideally, teachers take on the role of facilitators and guides. Their job is to lead students towards certain learning goals and revelations without giving away the answer.

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Eva Xiao

Eva Xiao is a tech reporter based in Shanghai. Contact her at eva.xiao@technode.com or evawxiao (wechat & twitter).