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What is a Makerspace Program?
The goal of our Makerspace Program is to foster the development of problem solving and planning skills in our students. The problem solving skills we focus on are communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. To help develop planning skills, many of our activities follow a typical engineering design plan which includes: getting information, thinking about possibilities, planning one's steps, trying out one's idea, evaluating the results, revising choices as needed, and sharing what has been accomplished. The skills in our program are presented through both individual and collaborative hands-on and technology activities requiring intuitive and/or computational thinking. The activities span a wide spectrum of experiences such as project challenges, computer coding, open-ended design, and puzzle solving. We also focus on using our God-given resources responsibly. The Makerspace problem solving and planning skills enable students to succeed in academic endeavors, in their personal lives, and later on in the employment world. It is an exciting and rewarding program to teach!
Please feel free to get in touch with me about the Makerspace Program at any time.
Mrs. Marie Irvin, Makerspace Teacher
Links of Interest:
What Is Makerspace? https://www.makerspaces.com/what-is-a-makerspace/
21st Century Problem Solving Skills https://www.aeseducation.com/career-readiness/what-are-21st-century-skills
Future Success and Right-brain Thinking: https://www.danpink.com/books/whole-new-mind/
PHOTOS & ACTIVITIES!
On the sidebar of this page there are links to photos of makerspace activities for various grades, and below there are links from the Summer Camp activities. As always, students should only use online links with parent/teacher permission and supervision.
4th-8th: Code Combat
Be sure you have received permission from your parents, and then click on the "Code Combat" sign below to access the website.
1. Typing Club (login required)
10. Room Escape
11. Key Bricks
12. Key Tower