Educator leverages guiding questions and interviews students to begin developing a physical space for making.
Any space can be a makerspace if used intentionally. You don’t need a whole new room specifically devoted to being the makerspace. A corner of your classroom, a rolling cart, an unused computer lab, a part of the library – all of these spaces can be your makerspace.
Successfully planning a makerspace requires careful attention to the following key areas:
These descriptions have been drawn from the Making + Learning Framework
The Makerspace Planning Sheet (See Resources section) will walk you through a series of key questions that will help guide you as you introduce a space for making into your learning environment. As part of your makerspace planning process, you will need to take some time to interview your students. Collecting interests, hopes, and ideas from the youth who will be using the space will help drive its ability to be youth-centered.
As all communities are unique, it is important to develop interview questions that are specific to the community being served. Use the questions above for guidance, but be sure to craft your own interview questions, or adjust the sample questions in a way that will get at the specific needs and interests of your community of learners.
The answers provided by students during the interview process, along with your answers to the questions posed on the Makerspace Planning Sheet, should guide the steps you take when implementing your makerspace. What kinds of data can you pull from your interviews? Are there any clear patterns or themes that you see emerging from your discussions with learners?
Let your students’ insights give you a sense of what the space should look like and how materials might be arranged to best meet their needs and interests. Perhaps your interviews with learners will reveal that you have more of the parts and pieces necessary to start your makerspace than you had originally thought.
Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1 and 3 as well as a “Yes” for each component in Part 2.
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