I recently talked with some innovative educators (and their students) who have utilized makerspaces in their elementary schools. Collectively, they noted the academic benefits and the development of 21st-Century Skills and growth mindset.
By: Michelle Davis. To some, the traditional “shush” space of the library may seem like an odd setting for the hands-on, creative messiness of a makerspace. Yet many schools are nonetheless embracing maker learning within their libraries. Here's why.
Many makerspace components are commonly known. Here are 10 ideas for useful materials that might surprise you.
Jamie Back shares her recent learnings about setting up, maintaining, and working with students and faculty in her school’s makerspace.
By: Lindsay Olsen. There is a natural connection between makerspaces and STEM learning, and magical things happen when the two are combined. Here are three tips for creating a makerspace in your STEM classroom.
By: Nick Provenzano. Boosting student confidence through creativity is a great way to encourage engagement and skill building. As a makerspace director and advocate for the maker movement, I’m passionate about the opportunities that a creative space gives students.
I've shared lots of small details about our school's makerspace but I've never shared the space in its entirety. So here is a virtual tour via panoramic photos of the whole space to provide a better idea of how we've organized it.
After visiting dozens of makerspaces in preparation for our design, and now a year into our newly-built makerspace, I can offer the following recommendations to those beginning design for new builds.
When students have an environment that is inclusive, they are more confident and creative. They are then better able to create a love of learning, which is when unexpected ideas happen--and we need new ideas.
By: Jennifer D. Goldman, Karyn Lewis and Dr. Genevra Walters. In this post, we look at three educators' creative solutions that are making “readiness for all” a reality in their classrooms and libraries.