At its most basic, a makerspace is a do-it-yourself (DIY) space with computer controlled and traditional equipment that allows people to create, invent, and learn. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that makerspaces are much more than just DIY spaces.
What exactly is in a makerspace?
Most makerspaces are essentially prototyping labs. When utilized in a school, makerspaces allow students to explore new ways to create and engage with technology. Students don’t just formulate ideas in a makerspace—they formulate actual, tangible models. Makerspaces focus on enabling one thing: making.
So why do you need one in your school?
Makerspaces are a whole new way for your students to learn. Makerspaces buck the traditional teaching and learning styles, offering students a chance to be hands-on under the guidance of an instructor who knows how to work the machines. Students are actively engaged in new forms of critical thinking as they work to create solutions to real world problems. Anything from a clock gear to a prosthetic hand can be made a reality in a makerspace.
Curriculum for makerspaces is as diverse as the machines that can make up a makerspace. Instructors can choose many different paths, but the outcome is always the same—to have students interact with the creative process in new ways.
When school installs a makerspace, a whole new creative outlet is opened to hundreds of students. And maybe one of them is sitting on the next big idea.