This article comes right on the heels of a meeting I just had with a certain science teacher, who is very interested in incorporating Makerspace ideas into her classroom. She is also going to attend a conference in June with a huge Makerspace component.
I have also been trying to think of how I add some Make components to my library. The tools would all have to be things that weren’t too messy and easily put away, but I think that could include many things, from knitting needles and yarn to a button maker to circuit bits and robotics materials.
We are also thinking of having an extra-curricular Makerspace series, where each month would be a different theme. We would like to include a very practical aspect to it as well – workshops on how to change a bike tire, or cook a meal – skills our students may not be learning in this fast-paced world.
Of course, many courses already include hands-on activities (I am thinking art class especially, but also science). I think where the Makerspace mission differs a little is the idea of having the tools on hand so that people can use them on their own time for their own, self-guided project (necessarily as their is only so much self-guidance that can happen in a school environment). Makerspace is above all about people. You need to have someone who knows how to use the power tool, how to change a bicycle tire tube, how to use a 3D printer. It is about people helping people learn and ultimately giving back to our community. Perfect for a school!
The article below gives some ideas of projects that could be used in the classroom. They range from low budget and low tech to lessons using a#D printers (higher end of the budget).
There is magic found in rolling up your sleeves & tackling a project, a sense of empowerment that results from solving problems and manifesting big ideas.