Makerspaces in Education
Makerspaces are developed in school areas to offer students the opportunity to come in and explore a wide range of products and develop skills, knowledge and understanding as well as entrepreneurial development.
A fully functioning makerspace can be with or without technology, a trolley of resources in a designated room, but allows students the ability to engage with hands-on learning experiences. Makerspaces offer additional opportunities for outreach focused projects linking with the local community, other schools, extra curricula and adult learning.
Students should be given the opportunity to develop their 21st Century skills; problem solving, collaborative working and following a creative process. With this knowledge, new ideas can form and students of today can become the innovators, scientists, engineers, educators, leaders, and learners of the future.
Computational thinking is an essential set of skills that can be applied to any problem through decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and algorithms. Allowing students to understand how to approach and solve problems can help in all walks of life and into the development of future technologies.
Low Floor, High Ceiling, Wide Walls
Makeblock Education embraces low floor, high ceiling, wide walls as a mantra to develop a programming continuum. First, it provides beginners with an easy way into programming – the low floor. Then, learners move to more complex programming devices and languages – the high ceiling. Finally, there’s loads of opportunity to explore a range of devices, platforms, and languages – the wide walls./p>
Standards Aligned, Pedagogy-Focused Curriculum Resources
Makeblock is aware of the importance of content rich, standards aligned materials to enhance their STEAM solutions and ensure that any curriculum associated with a product also offers a range of opportunities to meet 21st century skills.
Within any project the ability to methodically think through problems as they arise and use this knowledge to develop their technology and engineering skills to ensure their final solution is the best it can be.
Benefits of Makerspaces are that it exposes students to the creative process involved in any creation from the design through to prototype. It gives the students the opportunities to ask thought through questions to enable their prototype to develop, discover answers as they are creating and apply what they learn all into that final prototype.
Throughout all solutions there are substantial opportunities to get hands-on to develop final products, but in a true makerspace being hands-on and exploring is essential to its success.
Computational thinking is a way of approaching problems that allow a student to utilize a set of skills to ultimately solve the given problem. The four skills are:
- Decomposition – breaking a large problem down into smaller problems to focus on.
- Pattern recognition – Looking for patterns within the problem or from other problems encountered to help solve this problem.
- Abstraction – removing aspects that are not required to solve the given problem.
- Algorithms – developing the set of instructions to solve the given problem.
Giving students the opportunity to develop a project that encompasses a range of subject areas will engage and allow students to see how subjects are intertwined when looking at the bigger picture of a project solution.
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