Week 4

EDET 678 Week 4

Essential question: What is the pedagogy behind a Maker Space? What are the benefits to students?

What is a Maker Space? A maker space, according to “Seven Things You Should Know About Maker Spaces” is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build. “Maker spaces are primarily places for technological experimentation, hardware development and idea prototyping.”

A maker space is not a science lab, woodshop, computer lab, or art room, but it may contain elements found in these common spaces. A maker space can benefit students in so many ways. “Maker spaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering,” (Cooper, 2013).

According to Gorman, having a Maker Space classroom benefits students by allowing for student intrinsic motivation and self-directed learning, providing students opportunities that allow them to fail in order to succeed, engaging students in authentic and kinesetic learning experiences, creating opportunities for students to be producers of content and products, and supporting student inquiry by communicating good questions and continued questioning.

“Maker spaces are messy… they let students learn by doing, not clicking,” according to “School Makerspaces: Why is it a good idea?” A possible range of activities in Maker Space include: cardboard construction, prototyping, woodworking, electronics, robotics, digital fabrication, building bicycles and kinetic machines, and textiles and sewing (Cooper, 2013).

Maker spaces are significant because of “their hands-on character, coupled with the tools and raw materials that support invention, provide the ultimate workshop for the tinkerer and the perfect educational space for individuals who learn best by doing,” – Seven Things You Should Know About Maker Spaces.



7 Things You Should Know About Makerspaces. (2013, April). Retrieved June 6, 2016, from https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eli7095.pdf


Cooper, J. (2013). Designing a School Makerspace. Retrieved June 06, 2016, from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/designing-a-school-makerspace-jennifer-cooper


Gorman, M. (2014, July 27). Maker Space In Education Series… 20 Reasons Your Students Should Be Making. Retrieved June 06, 2016, from https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/maker-space-in-education-series-20-reasons-your-students-should-be-making/


School Makerspaces: Why is it a good idea? (2015, January 7). Retrieved June 06, 2016, from http://www.nwaisfellowship.org/blog/2015/1/7/school-makerspaces-why-is-it-a-good-idea



4 thoughts on “Week 4

  1. You are right, this does give the student the opportunity to fail. I have many students that are unmotivated to work because they will get things incorrect before they succeed. They don’t like the feeling a failing


  2. I love the aspect about “failing in order to succeed”. That students are able to persevere past frustration because they are so vested and engrossed in what they are doing, and because it is their project: they cannot look to anyone else for the answers.


  3. Genevieve,

    Thanks for pointing out makerspaces increase students intrinsic motivation. That is such an important thing for us to be able to do in our classrooms, so it’s nice to see that makerspaces can help with that.


  4. Thank you for pointing out that MakerSpaces don’t have to use technology that has a power source, but MakerSpaces can be made using a wide variety of materials. That helps MakerSpaces feel more accessible to me, as I can start with materials that I already have around me and build the space from there.


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