Research

Current Research Projects

  • The MAKE Lab: Designed as an educational makerspace, The MAKE Lab focuses on exploring the instructional issues of integrating inexpensive technologies to facilitate brainstorming, tinkering, playing, learning, and art creation that supports multidisciplinary learning. Dr. Smith is honored to be a featured maker on the makeschools.org website.
  • The Impact of University Makerspaces: This collaborative project by Georgia Tech, Texas State University – San Marcos, and James Madison University will measure the impact of university maker spaces and identify approaches and guidelines for designing maker spaces.
  • Engineering Education Maker Identity:  This collaboration between education and engineering programs seeks to advance the field of engineering education by exploring the creative and novel learning environment of the free university makerspace, Bobcat Made. Particular focus will explore the diverse outcomes of various groups of student users, including current Engineering/Engineering Technology students, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education students, non-STEM  students, undergraduate education majors (pre-service teachers), and in-service teachers enrolled in the College of Education graduate program.
  • Technology + Pedagogy: A 1.5 year design-based research study was used to develop this T+P guide, which involved three iterations with 69 College of Education faculty members and 74 education majors. This approach focuses on ways to design and develop professional development training for “just in time” learning that identifies technology integration tools that appropriately connect to instructional needs in connection to Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Funded Grants

Smith, S. & Evans-Palmer, T. (2016). TXST maker ed for art educators: Professional development for “making” STEM connections in K-12 art classrooms. Funded by College of Education Faculty Pilot Grant, Texas State University. $6,000 for one year. Role: PI.

Ortiz, A, Sriraman, V., Talley, K., & Smith, S. (2015). NSF-REE, The engineering education maker identity project.  National Science Foundation (NSF). Funded $299,778 for 3 years. Role: Co-PI. Award# REE-1531375.

Linsey, J., Talley, K., Forest, C., Ortiz, A., Smith, S., &  Nagel, R. (2014). NSF-IUSE, Collaborative research: University maker spaces: Discovery, optimization and measurement of impacts. National Science Foundation (NSF). Funded $75,000 for 2 years. Role Co-PI. Award# DUE-1431721.

Smith, S. (2013). FabLabEdu: The development of standards-based digital fabrication curricula. Funded by College of Education Faculty Pilot Grant, Texas State University – San Marcos. $4,972 for one year. Role: PI.

Previous Projects

  • iAM: Integrating Art & Mathematics: A free, two-week summer camp for middle school girls that explores mathematical concepts through the creation of art, including jewelry, sculpture, and paper engineering.
  • Creative Writing + Video Production: Creatively Engaging with STEM Content
  • Integrating 2D Digital Fabrication to Create Paper Engineering for Creative Writing and Creative Non-Fiction Writing

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