Thank you for your dedication in leading up to this point. We’ll have our final meeting together on Monday morning in JS Library. To make the most of this time…we will focus initially on the pedagogical concept of a Maker Space.
Pedagogical Concept of our Maker Spaces (in its most basic sense)
Nurturing, challenging and inspiring learners requires providing them with opportunities for self-directed learning in spaces with tools and personnel to support students in pursuing their individual passions and curiosity.
Can we define:
- What is its purpose?
- Who will use it?
- How will it be used?
- When will it be used?
For example, from ASB…http://asbfindings.org/makerminds/index.asp#
What are the benefits of the maker space for kids?
- Fosters creative interests
- Provides tools and resources that allow kids to explore the unlimited possibilities of creation
- Keeps kids deeply engaged in their own learning and exploration
- Promotes collaboration and teamwork
- Hands-on experiences
For example, from the Tinkering School…http://www.tinkeringschool.com/our-philosophy-2/
We operate from a few basic assumptions:
- Kids are more capable than they know. The use of real tools to tackle real problems creates a unique atmosphere of trust and responsibility. From six-year-olds to highschoolers, we empower our tinkerers with tools, autonomy and space. Big responsibilities build competency and leave lasting memories.
- The freedom to fail is essential. Every project has setbacks and often ours happen to be spectacular. If it goes right the first time, you’re just learning how to follow instructions. A failure-positive atmosphere allows children to play in the face of adversity.
For example, click here for an image from Bright Works…