The Maker Movement is much more than just a space to provide students in the K-20 environment with a tricked-out place to “do” what they are learning. A Maker Space without the mindset is just another static museum installation. The pressure on schools, currently, to install a Maker Space complete with 3D printers and technology to rival NASA does not address the making at all. The space is just a place before you gather the people with the maker mindset to facilitate within the space.
What does that look like? In most schools, it means looking around for staff who are “makers” and are naturally curious about the space and tools and match them with the space and students to see how the relationship works out. Before teachers adopt making into curriculum teaching, they may need a chance to see what it looks like in an after school or lunch time club setting. The road to adoption for many staff may be in seeing the learning that goes on in the space before they imagine it working in a particular unit.
In a series of 5 workshops held here on campus by the author, we are learning about creativity, innovation, design thinking and collaboration and what each concept looks like in the future of education. It is an exciting time to think what is possible if the learning is experienced by students at the hands of creative facilitators. Although these notions won’t be adopted immediately into K-20 classrooms, the more we know about each concept and how to recognize it in teaching and learning, the better chance we have to be moving towards adoption. More on these key concepts in upcoming blog posts.