In the ever-evolving landscape of education, Makerspaces have emerged as transformative hubs, blending the historical essence of tinkering with contemporary pedagogical principles. Originating from humanity's early days of "making activities," Makerspaces are deeply rooted in experiential learning, child development through play, and the empowerment of students as changemakers in a dynamic world.
The recent surge in Makerspaces is a response to the global call for innovative workforces. Stemming from the integration of STEM education, the rise of do-it-yourself communities, and the accessibility of digital fabrication technologies, Makerspaces have become diverse environments for exploration and creation. Whether found in preschools, post-secondary institutions, or community libraries, these spaces foster innovation, creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration. Makerspaces transcend traditional boundaries, offering both formal and informal learning opportunities, and their impact extends beyond affective outcomes, influencing cognitive and psychomotor skills. As we continue to explore Makerspaces, it becomes clear that they hold the key to reshaping how we learn and engage with the world, unlocking the potential for creativity and collaboration in learners of all ages.
Read more in my EdTechnica chapter co-authored by my ever wonderful colleagues Dr. Jacob Hall and Dr. Kali Neumann: edtechbooks.org/encyclopedia/makerspaces
Short, C. R., Hall, J., & Neumann, K. (2023). Makerspaces. EdTechnica: The Open Encyclopedia of Educational Technology. https://dx.doi.org/10.59668/371.12182
Google Slides Presentation:
This blog presents thoughts that Cecil has concerning current projects, as well as musings that he wants to get out for future projects. For questions or comments on his posts, please go to his Contact page.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.