by Robert Pronovost
"On October 1st I started on my efforts toward creating a set of Makerspaces in our school district. I immediately jumped into visiting the d.school at Stanford, collecting every book I could on the topic, and fortunately had already applied to attend the FabLearn conference. A Makerspace has been my goal since the first day I started as STEM Coordinator last year, but I was only given the flexibility and permission to move forward recently.
"Now, what I’m going to lay out here is my vision, supported by numerous individuals, conference sessions, and books. I’ll include a list of resources I’ve referred to at the end. When I’m finished, hopefully you’ll have a good idea of what I’m doing and can give me some great feedback, be it the programs we use, companies I should reach out to, or something I need to fully rethink.
"First of all, the vision and mission of the Makerspace Collaborative:
All sites will have access to a Makerspace where students can work together in developing STEM familiarity and competency through after-school 2-week Introductory (Level 1) courses and 2-4 week Advanced (Level 2+) courses, along with lunchtime clubs meeting once or twice a week. These courses and clubs will include coding, robotics, and making/design thinking.
Across all sites, at least 700 students engaged in Introductory (Level 1) courses in coding, robotics, and making/design thinking or lunchtime clubs per year. Engage at least 100 students per year in Advanced (Level 2+) STEM courses.
How do I plan to get there?
Students who complete all three Introductory courses will earn a badge (puzzle piece pin in lower right-hand corner) that will connect with the Advanced badges (puzzle piece pins – R(obotics), M(aking), C(oding). Advanced badges do not need to be earned consecutively or in a particular order."
Via Jim Lerman