4/16: Today our stools arrived!
What is a makerspace?
A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools. These spaces are helping to prepare those who need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence.
The goal of this site will be to introduce teachers to our new MakerSpace tools as they become available and the lessons and resources associated with them.
Maker Spaces provide opportunity to explore the Engineering Design Process. This process is not just what Engineers do in their line of work, it is a formula, or anchor for student innovation. The process builds into it a step specifically intended to revisit the flaws or imperfections as part of a design. It makes "failure" a learning experience that allows us to improve and learn upon the things we create that DO NOT work as well. The EDP emphasizes that there is no "perfect" first prototype. Even IPHONES, a darn good (or more aptly, a revolutionary) invention, are further improved upon year after year. We also need collaboration throughout this process, so we learn to hear, really hear, and explore other's ideas. We need each and every member's input in our design and we need their input when it is time to improve it.
What awesome lessons for growth mindset!
For information regarding ways to introduce the Engineering Design Process to your students, please see the "Orientation and Expectations" tab on this webpage.