Making Future-Ready Students with Design and the Internet of Things


  • J. Hughes Ontario Tech University
  • J. A. Robb Ontario Tech University
  • M. Lam Ontario Tech University



Design thinking, Inquiry, Internet of Things (IoT), Makerspaces, Constructionism, Passion-based learning


INTRODUCTION: IoT will transform our future in unimaginable ways. The necessity for young people to understand and design with IoT seems unequivocal but there is currently limited integration in K-12 education.

OBJECTIVES: To investigate these gaps in research and practice, this study aimed to explore the design processes and understandings of IoT that emerge when youth design an IoT passion project within a constructionist context.

METHODS: A mixed methods multiple case study design was employed, analyzing questionnaires, interviews, recordings, and participant artifacts.

RESULTS: Factors contributing to a successful design included guided inquiry, detailed plans, access to support, and perseverance. Participants also experienced gains in IoT skills and knowledge.

CONCLUSION: Design and making with IoT through passion-based, guided inquiry appeared to facilitate the development of valuable knowledge and skills. Further research is needed to explore implementations in formal education.




How to Cite

Hughes J, Robb JA, Lam M. Making Future-Ready Students with Design and the Internet of Things. EAI Endorsed Trans Creat Tech [Internet]. 2019 Oct. 28 [cited 2024 Apr. 18];6(21):e1. Available from: