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 standard classroom was turned into a makerspace throughout the months of August -October. Students painted, collected, decorated, assembled and stocked our makerspace from beginning to presentation. Students learned some things they did not know before, like painting and construction. They learned some things that they enjoyed and some things that they hope they will not have to do again. Students learned perseverance, color theory, construction, etc, through the process. Students really enjoyed creating the letters that spelled out our name... Wildcat Makerspace, but they did not enjoy decoupaging for the most part. As a "decoration" for the room, Each student constructed a letter to spell out our name out of cardboard, and then decoupaged the letters to give them more strength. They had to fill their letters with something 3D, and something that was from their pathway, and then they could continue filling them with things that made them think of making or things they could make with. I can't think of anything that we would do differently, but I really like how the letters came out. They look good in the room, and fill the space nicely.
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.