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5 tips for better makerspaces

E-School News – Meris Stansbury

“Challenge-based learning projects in the makerspace have many benefits for students, and can engage and get them excited about new projects. In “Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace,” Diana Rendina, media specialist and writer for Tampa Preparatory School, Tampa, FL, presented tips for design challenges and shared experiences from working in the makerspace during her time at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL.”(more)

As Factories Fade, Rural District Builds Makerspace to Fill Talent Gaps

Ed Surge – Monica Bilak and Suzanne Clinton

Our situation is not that unique for rural communities—neither is the story of one youth getting lost in the system. Economically disadvantaged students tend to lack exposure to experiences that nudge them toward building future stories as say, a software engineer or an inventor of the next biomedical innovation. Most of my students lack a personal computer at home or a phone with a consistent data plan—and when 40% of the district’s students are living in poverty, supporting students to envision an attainable career trajectory they can be passionate about requires a unique approach.”(more)

Growing Fab Lab Network Brings the High-Tech, Hands-On STEM Education Out to Rural K-12 Students

The 74 Million – Tim Newcomb

“Traveling south about an hour from downtown Pittsburgh along Pennsylvania Route 43, visitors roll into Coal Center, home to Intermediate Unit 1, a regional education service agency. Intermediate Unit 1 also serves as home to a Fab Lab — a highly technical maker space packed with the latest machines and programs to spur hands-on STEM learning. As Fab Labs branch out across the nation, thanks in part to a $10 million, three-year push by Chevron to locate 10 labs where they can serve a diverse population of school-age children, rural communities that otherwise wouldn’t have access to such sophisticated technical equipment have reaped the benefits for their students.”(more)

4 considerations for your first makerspace

E-School News – Paul Ramos

“The benefits of hands-on, active learning are firmly established, yet a lot of difference exists between being able to touch something and being able to create something. The latter allows students to practice skills in demand in the modern economy.”(more)

Teachers talk: 12 makerspace must-haves for back-to-school

E-School News – Satish Subramanian

“Makerspaces are becoming a classroom staple. As these shared spaces for student-led learning continue to flourish, the concepts, tools and applications of makerspaces have reached a new level of variety. For those new to “making,” developing the blueprints for a classroom makerspace this back-to-school season can be intimidating. The teaching and learning benefits of maker education are clear and simple. This practice enables students to exercise creativity and abstract thinking to see a problem from beginning to end. They test, analyze and modify ideas in both the design and production stages. Making offers our youngest generation a fluid model for approaching problems through trial-and-error, a skill that can last a lifetime.”(more)

In practice: School’s redesigned library of the future leads to deeper learning

E-School News – Paul Smartschan, MSED

“Modern. Beneficial. Fun. Engaging. Immersed learning. Student led. Teamwork. Leaders. Creators. Inviting. What do all these words have in common? They are all terms I’ve heard used to describe the atmosphere and activities in our recently revamped Library Learning Commons. Along with the addition of sleek and colorful university-style furniture and an Interactive Smart Screen Projector, last summer’s renovation included a variety of cutting-edge equipment to empower our new, rad Makerspace.”(more)