The activities were a great way for me to visualize what I need to do. Also there were instances when we were able to go through an activity, then choose an topic & design an activity that followed the guidelines.
The Maker Movement is growing rapidly and we are excited that it has found its way into K-12 Education. Makerspaces are a "physical mash-up" of shop class, home economics class, art class, and science and computer labs where kids have the opportunity to make projects that integrate these types of critical life skills. In a makerspace, kids: Make, Hack, Design, Engineer, Craft, Explore, Discover, Innovate, Create and Play.
Making can be descibed as project-based learning where kids collaborate, critically think, and make a product they dreamed-up! Imagine kids ENGAGED in making: light up bracelets, 3D printed cell phone cases, video games, robots, solar lunch boxes, marble runs, scribbling machine, just to name a few of the exciting projects you might find in K-12 makerspaces.
The Maker Movement is more than just makerspaces with cool tech tools--it is about a maker mindset. It cultivates kids who are: Self Directed, Purpose Driven, Resourceful, and Iterative. We need to foster maker midsets in our kids by giving them an opportunity to figure things out on their own, to construct for themselves solutions to problems they desire to solve.
What is the Maker Movement?
Check out these awesome videos of the founder of the modern Maker Movement - Dale Daughery:
- We are Makers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlrB6npbwVQ
- Inspiring a Maker Movement Video (CNN - Next List): https://youtu.be/yYd25q9lMTI
- Project Make Video (CNN - Next List): https://youtu.be/3iixUllJHIE
NJ Makerspace Association: K-12 Education is here to support you and your district as you join this exciting movement. We provide consultations, in-district teacher professional development, and special events @ Rutgers University in the following areas:
- How to create a makerspace
- How to cultivate a maker mindset
- Best makerspace tools
- Makerspace projects & curriculum
- Essential maker skills
Resources: Blendspace & Pinterest
- Maker Ed: http://makered.org/resources/getting-started/
- Blendspace: https://www.blendspace.com/lessons/imV5jjTbecMRVQ/k-12-maker-education-resources
- Maker Movement Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/dawnaschultz/maker-movement/
- K-12 Maker Con 2015 Resources: http://cmsce.rutgers.edu/session-resources