Last school year, the upper school library began a MakerSpace. A MakerSpace is a place for learners to tinker and explore personal learning. We first introduced Makey Makeys, simple building kits, robotics, arduinos, coding and video-making tools. For teachers, we held workshops and had a teacher PLC on exploring making in the classroom. For students, we had
The most exciting addition to the MakerSpace is a 3D printer. We bought a 3D printer kit from Printrbot. Currently, there is a group of 7 students (grades 5-12) working together to build the kits. Last Saturday, we had our first build session and we hope to have the printer built and running by mid-October. There is so much excitement surrounding the 3D printer; almost daily a student will ask when the printer will be ready. Our students are so excited to create their designs for personal interests. Another team of students is interested in creating the 'rules' for how we will use and share the printer. We love that students ask how we will share this tool - they are taking ownership. Even teachers have stopped in to ask if they may use it too... The answer to everyone is YES.