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Makerspaces

I had never heard of makerspaces prior to this week. Unfortunately I also missed class and thus missed out on the interactive action that came along with it. Luckily, since classes are recorded I was able to catch up on what I’d missed and also find some more information on my own.

What Are Makerspaces?

Positives of Makerspaces in Education

  • Makerspaces foster innovation through hands-on experimentation.
  • Hands-on learning takes the concepts taught through lecture, video or textbooks and allows participants to move from an abstract concept to a real-world understanding.
  • Participants learn how to make failure into a learning experience and not become discouraged or frustrated when something doesn’t go as planned.
  • Exposes students to new opportunities.
  • Builds critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Develops a wide range of 21st century skills.

Downsides of Makerspaces in Education

Conclusion

All in all, I am still not sure if makerspaces are the best in a school setting, espcially elementary. It seems that they would fit quite well with a high school as an elective as high schools generally have more space and the students are a bit more mature and able to utilize tools. I think that many of the great concepts and positives of makerspaces can be brought into the lower grade classroom through activites like STEM and student lead enquiry. I am curious to know if anyone has any experience with having a makerspace in their elementary school?

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4 thoughts on “Makerspaces

  1. Thanks for sharing the post. I appreciate your thoughts and feelings that makerspaces benefit children because I have never experienced this with my kids as an elementary teacher. However, would like to do such activities as it brings a fun-filled environment and hands-on experience. Children will have the opportunity to be creative and apply personalized learning strategies to make changes to existing concepts or develop their own ideas, methods, or products.

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  2. I haven’t had the chance to work in a school with a makerspace before, but I do enjoy incorporating similar activities into my classroom when possible. It’s not the same as having a space though! I like ordering kits from our school division that allow us to borrow supplies for a few weeks because it can make learning much more engaging. ( I have circuits coming soon for our unit about electricity!)

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  3. Great post! I think there are definitely opportunities to create a variety of different makerspaces, with a variety of low/mid/high tech options. Although I’ve never personally created one, I envision giving a variety of low tech items (craft-like items) to younger students, and allowing them freedom to create, could certainly find success!

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  4. Hi Brittney,

    A great resource that you shared with us. What I like most about your points is that while Maker space is a tremendous potential duo, there are some barriers to implementing it as well. Yes, these points caught my mind. Not all schools, in particular, may have the open room to host such a great event, and funding and other instruments are also tricky. And well, getting skilled teachers or staff, maker space can be really difficult for all schools. At the same time, when organized by the school, we know that some students’ apathy can work. Still, it’s an excellent learning site for students and young adults that everyone should take advantage of.

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