In 2021 we incorporated our Makerspace program, a place and time for creative exploration, tinkering, engineering, inventing, and purposeful play. Students learn how to do something new, are challenged to explore, problem solve, collaborate with others, work with their hands and minds and think outside the box.
Our MakerLab is a well-appointed, fully staffed, dedicated space where all classes have a scheduled time to work in collaborative groups. Students work on robotics and coding, bridge building, loom weaving, Lego and K’nex constructions, electrical circuitry, “free build” projects with upcycled materials and demonstrations by visiting experts sharing their knowledge.
Each classroom fosters the “Maker Mindset” as well, by including a Maker area. Classroom challenges that correlate with the curriculum being worked on enable students to see and experience the interrelationship between curriculum areas.
Educational makerspaces provide authentic preparation for the real world by simulating authentic real world challenges and opportunities. Students develop a wide range of 21st century skills that include flexibility, resiliency, collaboration, oral and written communication, information literacy, technology literacy, social skills, and leadership, in a safe “fail-forward” atmosphere.