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.
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.