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What is a Makerspace in Education?
A makerspace is where students come together to build, tinker, explore, and invent. Makerspaces create lasting meaning, foster innovation, and make a positive impact.
A makerspace is not defined by the tools available or the size of the actual space but by the pedagogy involved in enabling students to innovate and create. Best practice is to design maker opportunities that align to curriculum, define the objective/intent, but do not confine creativity or choreograph the outcome. The most critical factor in a successful, sustainable makerspace is implementation of the learning culture and community.
Why MakerHappen workshops?
MakerHappen is designed to support EC-12 teachers in all content areas, librarians, and administrators in the understanding and implementation of educational MakerSpace. We provide information and coaching support for creation, content building, formative assessment through feedback, and more. Workshops are designed around the 4 L’s (Location, Leading, Letting Go, Learning). All participants will receive a copy of MakerHappen: An Educator’s guide to MakerSpace in the Classroom. Learning is hands-on and provides authentic experiences for participants to immediately take back and implement. We offer tools to help engage your students, scaffold the learning process, and keep you organized whether your students are learning virtually or face-to-face.
Join us, and let’s MakerHappen!
MakerHappen aligns to the state goal for GT:
Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.
We meet criteria for exemplary program design in the areas of:
2.1E – Service Design
Services for gifted/talented students are comprehensive, structured, sequenced, and appropriately challenging, including options in the four (4) foundation curricular areas, arts, leadership, and creativity.
3.1E- Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum options in intellectual, creative and/or artistic areas; leadership; and specific academic fields are provided for gifted/talented students.
Also, community mentors in makerspace meet
5.2.2E- Family and Community Involvement
Liaisons with business and community organizations are established, and the use of community resources (retired community members, foundations, universities, etc.) is evident in the service options available for gifted/talented students.