A Makerspace can include 3-D Printers, tinker toys, robots, legos, or even recycled cardboard. Space-constrained schools can set up their Makerspaces in the library, the cafeteria, or even in the hallways. Be creative! We can't wait to see the unique school-based Makerspaces throughout the state!
From The Submitter:
Our school makerspace consists of stations that are regularly updated and rotated. These stations are either make and take, challenge stations, or creation stations. Examples of each include: Make and take -Origami -Button Making Challenge Stations -Hydraulics -Bridge building Creation Stations -Tech Deconstruction Station -Snap Circuits -Animation Station -Music Creation Station -Lego Station For more information about our makerspace, please visit http://teacherweb.com/KY/CampErnstMiddle/library/apt39.aspx
About Our Program:
The Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) national manufacturing institute, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Foundation for Kentucky Industry (FKI), and Tennessee Tech University's iCube are working to spread the MakerMinded program to schools throughout Kentucky. MakerMinded is a workforce initiative created with the purpose of generating manufacturing mindsets in middle and high school students. Using the digital platform provided by MakerMinded.com, schools can find and complete activities related to manufacturing and STEM, earn points, and move their way up the online leaderboard as they gauge their progress against other schools in the state.
The goal of the program is to immerse more students in STEM and manufacturing learning experiences, increase the number of students pursuing further STEM education and training, encourage students to develop foundational technical skills, and expose under-represented populations to manufacturing and STEM fields.
"If we continue to allow students to turn away from STEM education without providing them the opportunity and encouragement to continue it, then we are doing them and our country a disservice," said Larry Brown, Executive Director of LIFT.