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