Makerspace

 A makerspace is a collaborative workspace inside a school, library, or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring, and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.  These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, soldering irons, and even sewing machines.  A makerspace however doesn’t need to include all of these machines or even any of them to be considered a makerspace.  If you have cardboard, legos, and art supplies you’re in business.

These spaces are also helping to prepare those who need critical 21st-century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  They provide hands-on learning, help with critical thinking skills, and even boost self-confidence.  Some of the skills that are learned in a makerspace pertain to electronics, 3d printing, 3D modeling, coding, robotics, and even woodworking,   Makerspaces are also fostering entrepreneurship and are being utilized as incubators and accelerators for business startups.

The spaces typically

  • Foster play, exploration, and participatory learning
  • Facilitate informal learning opportunities where connections between home, school, and community are enabled and encouraged.
  • Collaborative learning where educators and students pool their skills and knowledge and share in the tasks of teaching and learning;
  • Develop a culture of creating as opposed to consuming

Makerspace Projects

Every makerspace is unique and the projects that are worked on inside of them are also very diverse.  Here are just some of the things you can do:

  • Coding
  • 3d printing
  • Laser cutting
  • Soldering
  • Electronics / Arduino
  • Robot building / Robotics
  • Learning about Circuits and Electricity
  • Sewing
  • Woodworking
  • Take-a-part sessions
  • Inventing


Author: Piers Midwinter
Piers Midwinter is a Qualified Teacher, Native English Speaker, ex-Company director, and ex-University lecturer. He lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam
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