EDET 677 Week 10 Why does Koliganek School need a makerspace?
I am a teacher at Koliganek School, and I would love it if our school had a makerspace. We need a makerspace because “creativity and STEM-based making are top priorities for today’s young people,” according to business leaders, politicians, and futurists (Martinez, et.al, loc. 4191). By allowing students to experiment and invent, they build skills that can be used in future inventions (loc. 4216).
I like Martinez’s advice on what we should and should not say when convincing people why we need a makerspace. For example I’d explain to parents, students and administration that a makerspace “offers students to engage in the real work of math, science, engineering, composing, filmmaking, etc.,” (loc. 4278). “I believe that all students should be taught computer programming, because computer science plays a critical role in nearly every discipline” (loc. 4290). I’d explain that the goals of a makerspace are identifying what the best strategies, tools, and processes are for solving problems, that teachers and participants learn alongside each other, and that problem-based and inquiry based learning will help our students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in modern society.
Koliganek School needs a makerspace because “making creates evidence of learning,” (Dougherty, 2012). Students don’t learn from taking tests because test questions have replaced students from direct experiences. Students learn best when they are engaged. “Students can take advantage of new tools for creative expression and for exploring the real world around them,” (Dougherty, 2012).
“Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities,” – Stuart Brown.
Dougherty, D. (2012, June 04). Want To Improve Science Education? Let Kids Build Rockets and Robots Instead of Taking Standardized Tests. Retrieved July 19, 2016, from http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2012/06/maker_faire_and_science_education_american_kids_should_be_building_rockets_and_robots_not_taking_standardized_tests_.html
Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (n.d.). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
Play Quotes. (2014). Retrieved July 19, 2016, from http://www.museumofplay.org/education/education-and-play-resources/play-quotes