PTO School Project: Makerspace

Partnering With PTO To Create A MakerSpace

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.” -Ken Robinson

In recent years businesses and institutions across the world have spoken on the importance of job candidates being creative and innovative thinkers.  At Cherry Tree we recognize the importance of fostering creativity and innovation in our youngest minds and we work diligently to inspire creative life-long learners.  As we are always looking for new ways to foster creative thinking in our students I am especially excited about our newest project that is made possible through our partnership with PTO, the creation of a Makerspace in the CTE Media Center.

Below I have answered some questions that will provide further clarity to this project.

What is a Makerspace?

“A Makerspace is a place where people can create, tinker, hack, remix, and remake both as individuals and in collaboration with one another.” 2

“Great educational makerspaces inspire students to own their learning and deepen their thinking by exploring the world with all their senses. In a makerspace designed for independent exploration, curious students tinker and iterate their way through projects inspired by the space.” 1

Why a Makerspace?

We see the Makerspace as a space that has the possibility to do the following, and then some:

  • Inspire creativity and innovation
  • Foster collaboration
  • Foster a “growth mindset”
  • Increase interest in science and math
  • Move from consumers to producers

How will the Makerspace be used?

We plan on initially using the Makerspace as a part of students weekly media center special.  Miss Teeple is excited about the opportunities this space will provide, and we look forward to having many of our Media Center volunteers help in this space.

When students are in this space they will be able to explore various maker-type projects. Sometimes there will be open exploration and sometimes there will be specific activities connecting to specific curriculum.

What will be in the Makerspace?

This project is still developing, but right now we plan on having the following items available for students to make and tinker with:

 

I am truly excited to see how this space will be used and grow over time, and am thankful for your support of Cherry Tree and the Cherry Tree PTO!

Sincerely,

Mr. Atkinson

Sources Cited:

  1. KURTI, R. s., KURTI, D. d., & FLEMING, L. l. (2014). The Environment and Tools of Great Educational Makerspaces. Teacher Librarian, 42(1), 8-12..
  2.  RANGE, E. e., & SCHMIDT, J. j. (2014). Explore, Plan, Create: Developing a Makerspace for Your School Community. School Library Monthly, 30(7), 8-10

Presentation from PTO General Meeting (4/23/15)

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