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Maker spaces

Maker Space

What is it?

Maker spaces are creative, self-directed learning spaces where students can create, invent and learn. Sylvia Martinez states: 'The Maker Movement is a revolutionary global collaboration of people learning to solve problems with modern tools and technology'. In a maker environment, students have the opportunity to become involved with collaborative hands-on projects that promote multidisciplinary thinking and learning. Students can tinker, explore, discover and create new things using a variety of tools and materials. The spaces are often filled with computers, 3D printers, electronics, craft supplies, tools and recycled materials. Maker spaces are unique and might focus on electronics, robotics, woodwork, sewing, programming or a combination of these skills.

In schools, maker spaces exist in three different forms: as dedicated spaces, distributed spaces or mobile spaces. For further information about these three types. For more information on Makerspaces, read the following articles: 'What is a Makerspace' and 'How to set up a makerspace at your school'.

References

CMK Futures (2017). 'Professional development'. Online resource: http://inventtolearn.com/workshops
Department of Education and Training Victoria (2016). 'Making'

What could you find in a maker space?

In a maker space you might find some of the following resources:

  • 3D printers, laser cutters
  • power tools, hand tools (eg scissors, pliers), adhesives
  • computers, robotic equipment, Arduino boards, Makey Makey, littleBits
  • recycled materials, old devices
  • craft and art supplies
  • electronic parts and tools.

'Top 12 tips for setting up a school makerspace' and 'Makerspace ideas for what to stock' are detailed resource lists that could be included in a maker space.