Week 10 Robotics : Why Does Wendler Need A MakerSpace?
Wendler needs a MakerSpace because it will support ASD’s goals, especially school goal #2, which is to Engage and Empower students. We want the students to be prepared for the 21st century, and a MakerSpace will help with this. Students will have choices and take ownership of their learning. I also believe that a MakerSpace will help to advance some of our ASD Destination 2020 goals.
Goal #2 is for 90% of students to graduate from high school. I think this will help those students want to stay at school.
Goal #3 is that students will attend school 90% of the time. If they are engaged and excited about a MakerSpace, students will want to be at school. Being excited about school will also help with the next goal.
Goal #4 is that more parents will recommend their schools to others. If parents see that their student is excited about school and doesn’t want to miss it, then they will recommend their school to others.
Research shows that when students are engaged in meaningful learning they will be better prepared to succeed in whatever endeavor they choose after high school (Paris, 2015). Facts are that students who are excited about school will more likely do better than those who are not. The MakerSpace is the kind of learning activity that will prepare students for the future.
It will also appeal to a diverse group of students. I believe any student can participate in a MakerSpace. Any student who is curious and wants to design would love a MakerSpace. It is designed to meet the learning needs of a diverse group of students, effectively address academic and technical standards, and raise academic achievement (Ho, 2008).
“The Philosophy of Educational Makerspaces” states a Makerspace will:
- Invite curiosity
- Inspire wonder
- Encourage playfulness
- Celebrate unique solutions
- Show it is ok to fail
- Show breaking things is not a cardinal sin
- Collaborate, Collaborate, Collaborate
If you are still not sure what a MakerSpace is, this video will explain more:
A MakerSpace will also help students with their future. Seely (2009) writes, “The business community tells us the ability and willingness to tackle a problem that is not easily solved is one of the most important traits in the twenty century.” I want my students to be ready for the business world when they graduate.
These are a few reasons why I think Wendler needs a MakerSpace. A Makerspace will inspire deeper thinking, curiosity, and collaboration. “The outcome of a Makerspace leads to determination, independent and creative problem solving, and an authentic preparation for the real world by simulating real world challenges” (Kurti, Kurti, & Fleming, 2014). If you still are not sure about it, just give it a chance and then ask the students about it after it gets started. If they are not excited, happy, and motivated, then you can cancel it. All I ask is for you to give it a try and see what happens in the imaginations of the students.
Kurti, R., Kurti, D., & Fleming, L. (2014). The Philosophy Of Educational Maker spaces. Retrieved July 20, 2015, from http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Kurti-article.pdf.
Hackenmueller, J. & Petersen, S. (2014). Anchorage School District Educational Plan 2014-2017. Retrieved June 29, 2015, from http://www.asdk12.org/media/anchorage/globalmedia/documents/edtech/ASDTechnologyPlan2014-2017.pdf.
Ho, P. (2008). Integrated Curriculum: Making Connections Between Academic and Technical Instruction (multimedia presentation). Retrieved June 8, 2015.
Martinez, S., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Torrance, CA: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.
Paris, K. (2015). Critical Issue: Developing an Applied and Integrated Curriculum. Retrieved June 6, 2015, from http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/envrnmnt/stw/sw100.htm.
Seeley, C. (2009). Constructive Struggling. Retrieved May 31, 2015, from http://www.mathsolutions.com/documents/9781935099031_message17.pdf.