Dr Alison Buxton

School of Education

Educational Developer for Makerspaces

EDU - Alison Buxton profile
Alison.Buxton@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 8147

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Dr Alison Buxton
School of Education
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Rd
Sheffield
S10 2GW
Profile

Alison specialises in makerspaces and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, maths) education in primary schools and the early years. She has been involved in STEM education and public engagement, including at secondary level since the early 2000s. She has a particular interest in under-represented groups in engineering and has produced publications and guidance on equality and diversity for public engagement for the Centre for Science Education and the Royal Air Force. 

Alison’s main interest is the development of makerspaces and maker education in UK primary schools. She is Programme Manager for Maker{Futures}, which includes Maker{Move}, a mobile makerspace for schools, libraries and museums. As part of this work, Alison is currently developing a Maker{School} strand, including writing a maker curriculum for primary schools. 

Alison leads an Ingenious public engagement project funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Maker{Move}: Think like an Engineer, trains and supports local engineers from industry and academia to run engineering and maker activities in schools. 

Professional activities

Alison sits on the development advisory board for the international FIRST LEGO League programme. She is the only European member on the board which is made up of representatives from LEGO Education, The LEGO Foundation, FIRST and academics from several universities in the United States. 

Alison is the founder and Non-executive Director of STEAM Works, a non-profit organisation supporting STEAM and maker education in the UK. She developed the Primary Science Ambassador programme and piloted the 3D Printing in Primaries initiative. Although Alison is no longer involved in the day to day running of activities, she supports the organisation at board level.