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Noelene Callaghan

Maker Spaces

A makerspace is a place where people come together to create with technology. Defining a makerspace can be somewhat difficult due to the differences among spaces and activities, but the emphasis is on creating with technology. STEM education (science, technologly, engineering, math) has been quick to embrace these spaces and technologies, but it is important to stress that makerspaces are not for STEM activities only.

The maker movement in schools is about teaching our students to think for themselves, to think creatively, and to look for do-it-yourself solutions that will benefit them in other curricula areas. 

Makerspaces is beginning to take off at Rooty Hill High School with many teachers attempting to include these critical thinking and problem solving techniques in the classroom.

In ICT and HSIE, makerspaces are used to promote critical thinking and use higher order skills to solve a problem at hand. Less capable students enjoy makerspaces activities as it enables them to make the necessary connections between concepts and between practical and theoretical aspects of the curriculum

All images and work taken during these sessions (in my classroom) can be found on my facebook page

Projects that have been created by students at Rooty Hill High's Maker Spaces include:

(click on the project for full details)