New standards are driving the increased incorporation of hands-on learning in schools. Many schools have implemented 1:1 programs, making traditional computer labs redundant. This session by expert speaker Dr. David Thornburg explores both why and how to create makerspaces in schools using space that has been allocated for computer labs.
Learn how these rooms (computer labs) can be reconfigured into makerspaces where students can explore curricular topics through the making of artifacts. Tools in these spaces can include 3D printers, Arduinos, “soft circuit” tools for wearable electronics, and many other things. The idea is to unleash the creativity and tinkering that is implied by the engineering component of the Next Generation Science Standards as well as connecting to the Common Core State Standards.
- Why schools need to bring more hands-on learning into the classroom.
- How to select the tools needed in a school- or library-based makerspace. This includes hand tools, electronic workspaces, 3D printers, and other tools.
- What kind of preparation students need to use the makerspace.
- How to create projects for students to do that connect to the curriculum across most grade levels.
- How increased student enthusiasm will lead to deeper learning.
- Explore the connections to the new math and science standards.