Makerspaces, or a collaborative workspace in a classroom, school, library, or other setting, are increasing in popularity in schools because of their many benefits to student learning. These benefits include, but are not limited to, providing students with
- hands-on experiences that boost creative and critical thinking skills;
- opportunities to work through real-life problems using innovative ideas and solutions;
- allowing them dedicated time to use new tools and resources such as 3D printers and robotics; and
- skills to deal with failures so that they persevere through the process of experimentation, testing, evaluating, and modifying.
Because of the abundance of ideas, articles, and resources available, it can be frustrating to design a makerspace that makes sense for the potential users. A makerspace is not ‘one size fits all’ but should have the tools and materials needed to spark the interest and imagination of all students regardless of age or ability level.
To help educators sort through what’s out there so they can better provide a space focused on student-centered inquiry, Boxlight has designed a free round table discussion - Makerspaces: Logistics and Practical Tips to Get You Started. The webinar features SME’s (subject matter experts) like
- Leigh Martin who runs the MakerBus project for Kennesaw State University and helps schools start their own makerspaces.
- Johnathan Lockwood, Boxlight MimioSTEM trainer and content developer who is experienced in designing, managing, and implementing makerspaces and their tech tools.
- Ryan Kinser, a multi-award winning trainer, teacher, and innovator who has established and managed multiple makerspaces over the years.
- Meaghan Creamer, a makerspace lab coordinator (PreK-5th grade school) who loves human-centered design, low-budget makerspaces, and 3D printing.
To request a recording of this informative discussion, click here: Makerspaces: Logistics and Practical Tips to Get You Started