This SSHRC-funded project advances a comprehensive scholarly understanding of children’s participatory learning in informal learning environments. We investigate the potential of 3D printers to facilitate participatory learning environments that foster children’s digital and cultural literacy. The development and adoption of these technologies is beginning to open up avenues for innovation and literacy, but there is little empirical evidence about children’s access, use, and shaping of these tools and technologies.
Our findings will help libraries, museums, and other spaces to develop and support technical literacy initiatives. Our research is particularly consequential because participatory learning spaces incorporating 3D printing are becoming more prevalent.