Image credit: Keeping Creativity Alive
Makerspaces are popular in schools and libraries as they activate learning and provide opportunities for students to explore and apply thinking in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
A Makerspace begins with a mindset. Whether a school has a thousand dollar innovation center, or a classroom teacher has a recycle zone/ creation-center, a maker's mindset can enhance and transform learning. When students are able to experiment, construct and apply design-thinking individually or with peers, the 4 C's (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking) come to life. Activities and STEM challenges that support the 4 C's build a foundation for Deeper Learning and are can be seen in Natick's Project Based Learning efforts.
Below are resources to get started designing/purchasing/persuading:
Colleen Graves, Edutopia
Terry James Resource Centre