Creating a community of learners with a Makerspace

12/2/2016

A makerspace is a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools (both physical and digital) and materials. 

What sets a makerspace aside from individual activities is the diversity and cross- pollination of activities. Focus is on fun and play.  Makerspaces can be low tech or high tech.

The critical factor is that makerspaces are all about the student.  A space to encourage them to explore, be creative and take risks. Teachers and adults should provide a supportive safe environment but allow students to lead, discover and learn.

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Practical strategies for getting started with makerspace in your school:

  1. Get a range of teachers involved in developing what the makerspace will look like.
  2. Talk with students about what they would like to see and do in a makerspace.
  3. Determine the range of activities and subjects that students could do and the range that the school can manage.  Starting simple is always best.
  4. Assess what tools you will need: 3D printers, craft material, electronic circuits, robots, material, other resources, etc.
  5. Locate a space for it to be in the school.
  6. Discuss who will manage the space and how will it be run.
  7. Establish a flexible design program for the space that integrates with the school curriculum and ensures the space will be utilised as much as possible.

Related Resource: 

The following resource is available from Learning Exchange to assist in developing a makerspace for your school.

Making is connecting : the social meaning of creativity from DIY and knitting to Youtube and Web 2.0 by David Gauntlett

Email lex@parra.catholic.edu.au to borrow this book.

 

 

 

 

Posted By Saba Maniar at 12/02/2016 3:22:28 PM
 
   
  
 
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