Makerspaces are popping up in public spaces, schools, libraries and classrooms. If you’re interested in bringing a makerspace directly into your classroom, it only takes a few simple steps.
Bringing the benefits of a makerspace to your students
A makerspace can be brought to life in many forms – it may be a separate space, or it may be a part of your existing classroom setup. Creating a makerspace simply means providing students with a dedicated area for them to create, explore, test, and retest.
What do you need for a makerspace?
An effective makerspace will include prompts presenting relatable challenges for students to solve. These prompts will allow students to think creatively, work in their own unique way to create solutions and prototypes, test solutions and make changes to improve and retest their innovations. You can provide a range of resources for students to bring their inventions to life — from paper, cardboard, tape, craft sticks and scissors to 3D printers.
Ready to integrate a makerspace into your classroom?
Encourage young entrepreneurs to dive into learning by introducing students to an environment that builds perseverance, creativity, curiosity, problem solving, expression and communication through hands-on experience in a makerspace.
Integrating a makerspace into your classroom is a great way to ensure students gain the benefits of a traditional makerspace without having to create a separate, dedicated space. Contact the National Inventors Hall of Fame® at 888-968-4332 or [email protected] now to learn how to bring STEM Maker Lab® curriculum into your classroom.
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