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District 75's Makerspace is dedicated to enabling teachers and school staff the opportunity to bring the art and science of 'making" to their students. We are encouraging our students to design, create, experiment, hack and build in order to bring out their talents and abilities, and breaking barriers for them to succeed.

District 75 provides citywide educational, vocational, and behavior support services and programs for students who are on the autism spectrum, have significant cognitive delays, are severely emotionally challenged, sensory impaired and/or have multiple disabilities.

Makerspaces,  (hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs) are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. These spacesmay have electronics, software, 3D printers,  craft supplies, hardware, tools, sewing machines, and more. Makerspaces enable members to design, prototype and create  products. Participants can work collaboratively or individually in a collaborative setting.Libraries are becoming popular places for Makerspace communities. Makerspaces are great way to incorporate STEM education (science, technologly, engineering, math) . However,  Makerspaces are not for STEM activities only.

   "Makerspaces represent the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication and education. "  http://spaces.makerspace.com

    Jeff Sturges of Detroit’s Mt. Elliott Makerspace said in ALA TechSource’s December 3 makerspace webinar, “Beyond engineering and STEM, this is     about creating creative people.”  http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2012/12/what-is-a-makerspace-creativity-in-the-library.html

Check out this Info Graphic: 

Five Step Framework for Design Thinking Infographic. 

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