In short, a makerspace is a high tech workshop and educational environment built into one. Makerspaces specialize in supporting the creativity of young minds, using technology like 3D printing, computer aided design, and laser fabrication to bring projects to reality. In addition to being an engaging creative environment, 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 the MakeLAB makerspace will gain both the confidence and expertise to turn ideas into products and will have the opportunity to become mentors for younger students.
Graduates of makeLAB have the skills to start their higher education ahead of the curve. They will be 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.