A makerspace emphasizes and inspires creativity, collaboration, and community. Here students can become innovators and designers in their own right. They learn, experiment with new tools, and develop new skills. A makerspace can be a corner within a classroom, a portable cart, a room that’s part of a school library or computer lab, or a stand-alone shop or facility.
Makerspace programs benefit the school community in terms of student engagement, empowerment, and content learning, as well as teaching 21st-century skills.
The design and implementation of a makerspace are critical to its success. While exciting digital tools may draw students in, it's the facility for empowered learning that keeps them engaged. Makerspace leaders consider activities, training, and academic integration to be just as important as tools and materials themselves.
The Edgerton Center periodically offers workshops for K-12 educators on how best to integrate a makerspace into the classroom. Check this page for upcoming workshops.