Makerspaces benefit the school community, increasing student engagement, empowering students, and adding to content learning, and gaining 21st-century skills. Students become innovators and designers in their own right.
Makerspaces nurture creativity, collaboration, and community. As Makers, students can become innovators and designers in their own right. They learn creative habits, use new tools, and develop new skills. While exciting digital tools may draw students in, it's the power to learn and create that keeps them engaged.The design and implementation of a Makerspace is critical to its success. An effective Makerspace leader knows that projects, training, community, and academic integration are just as important as tools and materials. That's why the K-12 Maker workshop team is here to help. Our workshop team is made up of experienced educators who have taught in both formal classrooms and informal out-of-school-time settings.
We offer two kinds of professional development experiences for K-12 educators on learning technical and Maker skills, designing Maker projects for an academic classroom, and setting up and running a Makerspace.
- Master Making in the Classroom - Workshop series for experienced and new Makers.
- K-12 Maker Skills Workshops - spend a day learning tried-and-true ways to set up your school’s Makerspace, design high-impact Maker projects, or use Maker technologies, including 3-D printers, laser/vinyl cutters, electronics, and physical computing.
K-12 Maker site - beyond professional development
With the modern Maker movement sweeping the educational landscape, we invite K-12 educators to join our community of Makers. This website is here to provide a useful resource for K-12 educators setting up, operating and enjoying Makerspaces.