What is a Makerspace?
A makerspace is an area that specifically allows students to design and create items using tools and materials that would otherwise be unavailable, such as 3D printers, video production equipment, technology, and fabrication tools. The flexible design of a makerspace promotes collaboration, creation, and innovation.
Why Do We Need a Makerspace in Our Media Center?
Makerspaces provide students with an authentic learning environment that allows them to put their ideas into action. These experiences encourage students to apply the curriculum content to solve real-world problems and develop prototypes. Students are also able to creatively design products to express their understanding of the content. By allowing students the opportunity to think critically, create, collaborate, communicate, and problem-solve with their peers, they will become more prepared to enter the workforce and compete in our global society.
What Will Be In Our Makerspace?
- MakerBot Replicator Plus 3D Printer and filament
- iPad Airs 2
- Video Production Equipment and green screen
- Collaboration Center equipped with monitor & dry erase table top
- Makey Makey Kits
- Rasberry Pi Kit
- Boe Bot Robot Kit
- Cricket Explore Air
- Sewing machine
- Woodworking Tools
- Other tools and equipment
How Will It Be Implemented?
Each middle school and high school will have a makerspace area in their media center. This space will be used by students and teachers to create authentic learning experiences to engage students in the content. Professional development and support will be provided to empower teachers to develop lessons that incorporate the Engineering Design process and the makerspaces. The implementation of makerspaces in all of our middle and high school media centers will occur over a three year period. During the 2016-2017 school year, B.F. Grady Elementary School and Wallace - Rose Hill High School will begin their implementation.