The world is not what it used to be – and I don’t mean that in a negative sense.

Technology is rapidly changing how we live our lives. We have phones and cars that talk to us, we can do the weekly shopping from the comfort of our lounges, we have fridges that access the internet, we have the selfie stick… and the list goes on.

None of these things would have ever come about without creativity and innovation.

Now, innovation is not something you can teach, but there are ways that you can provide the resources and environment that breed innovation. Many schools have already caught onto this idea, with makerspaces emerging across the country.

What is a makerspace?

Makerspaces, sometimes referred to as a hackerspace or creation stations, are places where tools, projects, mentors and expertise come together in a rich learning environment.

Makerspaces are all about exploration, discovery, creation, building and trying new things. They are spaces where students are able to let their curiosity take over and engage in science, engineering and tinkering.

Often described as a mash-up of industrial technology, textiles, science and art, makerspaces can offer a wide range of activities such as:

  • Woodworking

  • Electronics

  • Sewing

  • Robotics

  • Simple construction

  • Coding

  • Digital fabrication

  • Videography

PART 2: HOW CAN I START A MAKERSPACE AT MY SCHOOL?

Examples

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