Welcome to the MakerFutures programme. On this website, we provide resources and support for early years settings, schools, libraries, museums and community spaces who want to develop their maker education provision.

The MakerFutures programme will enable you to set up makerspaces or run maker sessions in a range of spaces, providing playful and creative ways to develop digital and STEM skills through a STEAM approach that integrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics with the arts.

The website offers continuing professional development resources, downloadable guides and opportunities to book a visit from our mobile makerspace.

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Meet the Team


Professor Jackie Marsh
Chair in Education and Programme Leader

Jackie Marsh is Professor of Education at the School of Education, University of Sheffield. Jackie was the director of the 7-country research project, funded by the EU Commission's H2020 programme, 'Makerspaces in the Early Years: Enhancing Digital Literacy and Creativity', (MakeY) which led to the setting up of the MakerFutures programme.

Dr Alison Buxton
Programme Manager

Dr Alison Buxton is an Educational Makerspace Developer in the School of Education. She has over 17 years of experience in developing and delivering STEAM and maker education through non-profit organisations, universities, schools and libraries and is an advisory board member for FIRST Lego League.

Patrizia Baldi
Programme Administrator

Patrizia Baldi is the Programme Administrator. She has worked in Project Management in the Higher Education field for many years and comes with strong experience of bringing diverse groups together into collaborative working environments.

Emma Horton
Makerspace Programme Officer

Emma Horton is the Maker{Move} Programme Officer in the School of Education. She has 13 years experience as a teacher and school leader using technologies and active learning approaches to enhance curriculum design and support learning in the classroom.

Ana Benavides
Makerspace Programme Assistant

Dr Ana Benavides is a Maker{Move} Assistant in the School of Education. She has eight years of experience leading and collaborating in science education and environmental education research activities, promoting reflection and engagement amongst children and school teachers.

Hannah Kirkbride
Makerspace Programme Assistant

Hannah Kirkbride is a Maker{Move} Assistant in the School of Education. After studying Product Design Engineering at University she found a career as a Design Engineer for the innovation department in Dyson.