Innovative teaching begins with an innovative classroom. Learning spaces should aid in increasing student engagement and creating an active learning environment. Makerspace believes in experimental play that engages students. Makers are invited to play with new technology to inspire learning through exploration. Students might take things apart, build or experiment with new technology.
We know that learning can happen anywhere. Makerspace areas, STEM labs, and 21st century classrooms are areas that dedicate a physical space in the school to introduce students to new technology and exploration that can help to ignite a passion for learning. Every Makerspace will be different, and the important thing is just to get started.
Some tips for designing your Makerspace
- Unique table shapes with whiteboards to increase collaboration
- Mobile work areas with storage for projects and learning tools
- Adjustable height mobile podium for the teacher provides a flexible work area
- Comfortable stools and chairs
When designing a makerspace for your school the goal is to balance social interaction with individual exploration. It’s a delicate balance to provide large work areas with individual workspaces, while keeping students close enough together so they can inspire each other with ideas.