How to Cultivate a Maker Mindset in Your Makerspace

Using A Classroom Makerspace to Encourage Students to Explore STEM Concepts

The adoption of makerspaces in schools across the United States has created exciting opportunities for educators to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts in an interactive and empowering way. While access to incredible machines such as 3D printers and laser cutters is undoubtedly impressive, these tools are secondary to the valuable “maker mindset” students can develop while in these spaces.

This paper details the evolution of makerspace education and the benefits of a makerspace in the classroom, including:

  • The definition of a maker mindset, and why developing this mindset is crucial to a successful makerspace experience.
  • A brief history of the makerspace movement and an overview of the educational theory that makes makerspaces conducive to learning.
  • Five helpful tips on how to make the most of your school’s makerspace.

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