MakerSpace

Make, Create, Innovate!

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What is a MakerSpace?

What is a Makerspace?

A makerspace is place where students learn to use tools and materials and can develop creative projects. It can be embedded into your own classroom, can be a separate dedicated space outside of the classroom (fixed space), or can be a " mobile" makerspace (ex: on a cart). A makerspace is adaptable. It can be shaped by educational goals as well as individuals' creative interests. It is a collaborative learning environment where students come together to share materials and learn new skills. In a makerspace, students can create, build, and invent.


Why use a Makerspace?


  • foster play and exploration (inquiry and questioning)
  • support opportunities for learning (gives them choice and ownership in their learning)
  • nurture peer to peer learning and collaboration
  • develop a culture of creating (hands on)
  • uses STEAM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
  • promotes multiple ways to solve problems
  • allow students to practice perseverance in day to day learning.
  • encourages student reflection in the process of making
  • allows for students to embrace failure as a means for heading toward success.


What do you put in a MakerSpace?

Your MakerSpace can be high-tech or no-tech!


HIGH-TECH MATERIALS

  • 3D printer
  • littleBits
  • MaKey MaKey
  • OSMO
  • iPads with production apps
  • LED lights
  • Snap Circuits
  • Dash and Dot Robots



NO-TECH MATERIALS

  • Craft supplies
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic materials
  • Paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Paint
  • Collage materials
  • Rainbow Loom
  • Knitting and crochet supplies
  • Legos
  • TinkerToys
  • K'Nex
  • Attribute blocks

Navigating the Playroom

You can navigate this room in the way that it makes sense to you! You can use the big pieces of paper on the wall to write down your ideas, plan out, and share ideas of things to make. Or, you may want to explore the room first to get an idea of what tools and materials are available to you. Some of you might just want to jump right in!


You can get more information at each table by scanning the qr code or by clicking on the links below. Have fun tinkering!

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