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Teacher perspective

What inspired you to create a Makerspace?

  • the idea of society discarding objects rather than fixing or upcycling them
  • the desire to have learners as fixers and creative makers.

What are the benefits to learners?

  • regaining lost skills in a modern context
  • problem-solving skills with the responsibility being on individuals
  • learning design processes
  • collaboration and relationship building.

How did you get the Makerspace up and running?

  • support from school leadership
  • built on passions of teachers – tinkering rally driver and environmentalist
  • put resources together of books to inspire children to take risks and develop language around Makerspace
  • collected free materials to start making
  • engaged support of parents and friends association to fundraise for some of the additional technology.

What are the challenges of running a Makerspace?

  • time – finding time to run a Makerspace as an extra-curricular activity
  • time in a crowded curriculum – important to cover curriculum outcomes
  • the freedom and learner ownership needs time.

What would you do differently in setting up a Makerspace?

  • not much – introduce the language of making and provide resources
  • able to expose learners to tools and ideas through guided learning
  • worked slowly, without spending a lot of money, to allow the Makerspace to grow organically.

Are there unexpected benefits elsewhere in school?

  • flowed over to other areas of the curriculum
  • teachers have engaged and brought maker ideas into their classes – prep teachers and learners inspired to make themselves.

What is the future for your Makerspace?

  • planning a maker faire to reinvigorate Book Week
  • putting in more formal time before and after school.