Welcome to the Makerspace
Now that you're in middle school, things are going to get harder from here on out. Now, you may wonder, "Is there a place where I can just relax, or do something else, other than a essay or reading the Advanced Science textbook because you forgot to bring in a book?" Well, the Makerspace is just the place for that!
Now, you may wonder, "What is this Makerspace? Where is it? HOW DO I SIGN UP!?!?!?!?" To answer these questions, a member of the Tech Squad (Surprised?) has made the following text to explain the basics of the Makerspace. If you're interested, Then read on, young adventurer!
The Six Questions of the Makerspace
The Makerspace is a place where you (and maybe some friends) can come on down and enjoy building onto the Lego wall, complete a puzzle, build something that could win one of the challenges we run, create a craft, such as origami or duct tape (or maybe something more complex to prove that you're the best builder?) or just to hang out and create something.
"Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more." Defined in a Librarians Guide to Makerspaces.
The Makerspace is located in the library. You will see the LEGO wall when you enter the library. You can't miss it! You found the Makerspace!
The Makerspace is open during flex at the end of every school day unless the Tech Squad is training.
The Makerspace is staffed by members of the student Tech Squad who pass out equipment and answer questions or assist as an extra pair of hands for students working on projects. The Tech Squad members also do 1:1 iPad support and technology orientation for new students. The Makerspace is sponsored by the building librarian and instructional technology specialist.
School can be long. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just relax? And I mean, come on. There are ACTUAL ROBOTS that you could drive and program. If you're into programming, building, or creating, come on down to the Makerspace!
And the most important question . . . HOW?
To go to the Makerspace during Flex, simply go down to the library before 6th period, and ask for a Makerspace pass. At the start of flex go to your scheduled Flex, tell your Flex teacher that you are going down to the Makerspace (show your pass for evidence), take anything that you need, and head towards the library. Don't forget to sign in at the front desk!
Now that you know everything that there is to know about the Makerspace, you can go down to the Makerspace and unleash your inner builder!