Makerspaces are starting to pop up at schools across the nation. They allow children to build and create anything while studying STEM fundamentals. Well funded schools often purchase expensive learning equipment to entice their students to get involved with the makerspace. However, schools do not need fancy equipment in order to have a makerspace on their campus.
Teaching students to be creative is one of the key attributes of makerspaces. Being tasked to use found materials such as sticks and rocks, or even recyclable materials such as water bottles and cardboard boxes encourages creativity. Some local libraries even offer tech kits and tools that schools can check out.
Once you have a makerspace planned, it is then up to teachers to inspire their students. Avoiding words like “hacker” and “geek” can help get students that don’t think they will like creating, get involved with the makerspace.
One major battle for teachers hoping to implement makerspaces in their schools is convincing administrators that are focused solely on raising test scores, that they will be beneficial. However, students who study STEM and use makerspaces are likely to get higher test scores than students who were not exposed to creative STEM activities. STEM also teaches them valuable 21st century skills that they will carry with them throughout their careers.
Story via Education Dive