Over the past two months I have spent hours interviewing librarians and educators about how they have developed a makerspace in their schools/library. I have read countless scholarly articles about STEM Labs, Creative Common Areas, and Makerspaces and their positive impacts on students. Additionally, I have toured several spaces in order to develop my vision of what our makerspace will look like.
All of this research has guided my creation of a Makerspace Integration Plan. This is a three-year plan and works to slowly develop a space that fits our school.
Despite all this research I am fully aware that the space needs to fit our school, students, and staff. My plan cannot stand on it's own. My integration plan must be readily adaptable based on the specific needs of the school.
My goal over the next six months will be to create a committee of passionate teachers who see a need, a place, and a benefit in interactive, hands-on maker challenges in our school. These teachers will help develop this plan in a more systemic, comprehensive way than I can alone. I look forward to sharing my vision and creating a new vision based on the thoughts and ideas of others.
Nonetheless, I'm excited to get my complete vision on paper. With this visual checklist, I can reflect, change, adapt, and make purposeful decisions for our school.
Basically.... It's a great starting point as we walk into the school year!