Makerspaces for Library and Media Centers

What can a MakerSpace do?

A MakerSpace is a place where ingenuity and creativity can be put to advanced skills.  A MakerSpace can teach students STEM related topics and give in-depth insight into problem solving, design, and creative thinking.  The projects done in a MakerSpace require multiple machines for specific purposes.  Using a variety of approaches, the right tool can be used to solve a specific problem.  This type of learning creates an atmosphere of inventive ideas, technology based learning, encouragement, and fun.  The hands-on nature of the lab itself adds to classroom learning.  Skills can be practically put to use - teaching about materials science and how technology can achieve objectives.

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While the projects done in the MakerSpace cover a variety of topics, they also foster a sense of invention and ingenuity.  When combined with a healthy curiosity for technology, STEM based learning programs grow.  This creates a broad understanding of technology among students, generating collaboration and interest.  Adding a MakerSpace will teach job and life skills that can encourage students to start thinking about jobs, entrepreneurial ambitions, or higher education.

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Download our Library / Media Center MakerSpace Planning Guide (PEPPM)

Download our Library / Media Center MakerSpace Planning Guide (New York State Contract)