What is a MakerSpace?
Makerspace is more than a space itself, it is a mindset that can and should be taught (Gerstein, 2014). We have a student culture of children who have learned to consume technology. With a makerspace, we can move beyond consumption to creation! A makerspace is about turning knowledge into action, and allows for a true opportunity to support personalized learning. All students at Cactus Ranch Elementary will go to MakerSpace two times per month.
"To define a school makerspace by its purpose and simplest of terms, it is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects" Laura Flemming Worlds of Making
"Makerspaces come in all shapes and sizes, but they all serve as a gathering point for tools, projects, mentors, and expertise. A collection of tools does not define a makerspace. Rather, we define it by what it enables: making."Makerspace Playbook School Edition 2013
"Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We must make, create and express ourselves to feel whole. There is something unique about making physical things. These things are like little pieces of us and seem to embody portions of our souls"
Mark Hatch The Maker Movement Manifesto