Welcome to the STEAM-3D Maker Lab!

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The STEAM-3D Maker Lab is where Dr. Janette Hughes, Canada Research Chair in Technology and Pedagogy, and her research team:

  • Develop and evaluate constructionist “production pedagogies” that work to build students’ ‘performative’ competencies in digital literacies, and investigate whether and how they promote civic engagement, service learning, and social justice particularly among marginalized students;
  • Observe and evaluate the impact of “maker cultures” that facilitate the discovery, design, and development (3Ds) of digital “products” for students of all ages, their teachers, and the community; and
  • Build capacity for investigating and affecting change and innovation in formal and informal education settings in the use of emerging digital media and interactive tools.

What is a Makerspace?

A makerspace is a collaborative, learner-centered and constructionist-pedagogy-focused learning environment where individuals come together to tinker, build and create.

In a makerspace, emphasis is on problem-solving, collaborating with others, failing, developing grit and resiliency, and finally, creating something to solve a real-world problem using both digital and physical materials.

STEAM-3D Maker Lab Virtual Tour

While we’d love for you to visit us in person, this virtual tour will give you a peek into our physical space. Click on the orange Play button to get started. Click here to view the tour in a new browser tab.

Why a Makerspace at the Faculty of Education at Ontario Tech University?

New digital technologies that existed on the fringe only a few short years ago, such as 3D
printing, are quickly moving beyond the domains of business and manufacturing to the homes and studios of everyday citizens where localized and personalized production is becoming more common, especially in association with DIY culture. Education spheres need to keep pace in order to align with our students’ real-world and lived experiences and to reflect 21st-century teaching and learning practices that predominate non-institutionalized learning environments.


Our Makerspace Goals Include: 

  • Developing and evaluating constructionist “production pedagogies”;
  • Building students‘‘performative’ competencies in digital literacies;
  • Making for change: Promoting civic engagement and social justice;
  • Facilitating the discovery, design and development (3Ds) of digital ‘products’ for students, teachers, parents, community;
  • Building capacity for investigating and affecting change and innovation in formal and informal education settings in the use of emerging digital media and interactive tools;
  • Promoting greater interest in STEM through literacy and the arts.

For More Information on Dr. Hughes: 

Check out her website at www.janettehughes.ca.

Here you can find information regarding her research (including publications), teaching, and advising. Additionally, there is more information regarding the STEAM 3D Maker Lab and accompanying online Maker Modules.

What’s New with the Maker Lab?


2nd Annual “Kimberley Black 5k” Walk/Run

This year marks the second annual Kimberley Black 5k event, benefiting the Kimberley Black Graduate Scholarship. Taking place on Saturday June 11th, 2022, this walk/run is being held as a hybrid event. Attend in-person at Ontario Tech University’s north campus (32 Commencement Drive, Oshawa, ON) or participate virtually!

Participate in the silent auction here, register for the event here, or get more information here! Hope to see you on June 11th!

New Publication: “Making STEAM-Based Professional Learning”

Dr. Janette Hughes, Dr. Laura Morrison, and Jennifer A. Robb recently published “Making STEAM-Based Professional Learning: A Four-Year Design-Based Research Study” in the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology. Based on three iterations of maker professional learning across multiple research grants, this paper explores the “lessons learned” from facilitating maker PL with more than 85 teachers from across Ontario, and the implications for future professional learning. Click here to read!


New Resource: Using Green Screen to Support ELL Students

We just uploaded a new resource from one of our fabulous interns on using green screen technology to support English Language Learners. Click here to see it!