A makerspace is an educational environment that is repeatedly shown in research to teach advanced modern STEM superior to traditional classrooms alone. Using technology like 3D printing, computer aided design, and laser fabrication, Makerspaces harness intrinsic creativity, drive, and self-directed learning to accomplish projects previously impossible on a DIY scale.
Research shows that project based learning is one of the most effective ways to instill real world-world skills, whether it’s technical skills like coding or interpersonal skills like teamwork. Students in MakeLAB makerspaces gain confidence and expertise to turn ideas into products and have the opportunity to become mentors for younger students.
Graduates of makeLAB start their higher education ahead of the curve as skilled designers, fabricators and artists. They will be educators. And most importantly, they will be leaders—passionate about making a difference in the world with technology.
Traditional education is not preparing the next generation for the challenges of the future.
Start a makerspace program that provides career-relevant project based STEM education to the children of military families and surrounding communities.
Research shows that seeing the fruits of your labor as a physical object makes learning more tangible and gratifying.
That high school students in military communities will have the creativity, technical knowledge, resilience and leadership skills to succeed in college and beyond.