One fun activity we can work on in our makerspace allows us to personalize movie posters using nothing more than powerpoint. There is a pretty powerful photo editing component to powerpoint that few people take advantage of, or even know about. Granted it is not nearly as seemless as photoshop, but it gets the job done, and we have access without spending a dime.
View the slideshow below to get an idea of what we can accomplish. These movie posters were made for our 8th grade Automation and Robotics class.
A makerspace is any physical location where students may tinker, invent, experiment, or investigate.It is a tactile lab, where kids use their hands to bring their thoughts to life. Makerspaces often have 3D printers and computers or computer boards where kids can write programs and design and print objects- but makerspaces also include materials for origami, tools to manipulate cardboard, and hands on puzzles.
Any creative student is welcome to join our makerspace with no obligation to write programs or design objects for the 3D printer. This is a place where they can experiment and solve puzzles, chat about daily problems and design solutions for their problems, or even create their own version of the ultimate light saber. In a makerspace there are no lessons to follow from the instructor, instead each student (or group of students) forge their own path, learning along with the instructor as problems are encountered.
Here at Willow Creek, I hope to have our Makerspace open to 7th and 8th grade students once we have materials available for students. Our tentative start date is March 1st.
Click HERE to see our Makerspace wish list