What is a Makerspace?
A makerspace is a location where students gather resources, explore materiality, design and fabricate tangible products, in an effort to solve physical problems andconstruct meaning. Makerspaces often combine features from labs, studios, and conference spaces to create a space that encourages experimentation, creation, discussion and reflection.
Most makers and maker-educators would argue that making in any capacity is valuable. The maker movement in education is built upon a constructionist ideaology, where hands on learning and inquiry-based instruction prompt discovery through personal learning experiences.
What Does Our Makerspace Strive For?
Our intent as a community of educators and makers is to facilitate instruction that reinforces interdisciplinary concepts. Our makerspace serves as a classroom extension; providing tools, resources and a framework for linking making with school wide learning goals. Intentionality in project design guides and validates our maker practices.
In addition to conceptual learning, our maker curriculum aims to provide students with foundational skills in material fabrication, traditional craft and 3D design. These skills can be scaled and applied to contemporary building practices. By providing kids with tools, technology and relevant skills, we empower them manipulate, create and impact their physical world.