The first meeting of our makerspace/FabLab workgroup was held Tuesday evening at Ward 4.
We did a quick review of concerns, captured a vision of where we would like to head in a lean canvas, and talked through some ideas for how we might help move things along.
- Physical space
- Marketing the school
- Process/problem solving
- Impact is longer term
- How do we sell [the idea of a maker space] to the community
- Lack of tech-ed teachers
- Distributed ownership of space– e.g. how do we get teachers to think of it as “theirs”
- Who is coordinator/does this need to be an FTE?
- Leadership support
- Time commitment to coordinate use of space
- Defining a clear purpose for the space
- How to make the transition [from the current model of teaching]
- How to capture evidence of learning
- Resources — materials and equipment
- Project Ideas
- Lack of professional development opportunities [for teachers to become comfortable with space/projects.
- Ability to respond to needs of business community
- Community Access
School of the 21st Century
Our solution enhances student engagement which results in [graduates] that are highly functional.
We develop our students to solve problems no one has considered yet.
Workgroup ideas to move towards vision
- After school
- Show what I’m working on
- Chance to ask for help/ideas
- Visits to makerspaces in both schools and outside organizations
On-line Tools for Sharing
- Ask for help
- Share project ideas (Moodle)
Dream Lab Workshop
- Weekend or during summer
- Design your dream makerspace/FabLab
Build Curriculum Workshop
- Summer bootcamp
- Work as team to design makerspace/FabLab curriculum/projects
- 2-4 days with coaching