Every Student and Staff Member a Maker
7:00 AM Maker
Not only is PUHSD continuing to foster and lead change with access technology/digital tools, our district is providing opportunities for students to have access to hands-on tools; PUHSD is empowering students through Making in Education.
Makerspaces, Hackerspaces, Tinkerspaces, are terms that might be new to many educators. But the educational philosophy behind those terms is not new. Makerspaces and the Maker Movement is about hands-on learning that is project/problem based. Making in education relies on Design Thinking with students following design and engineering principles. Our Makerspaces, hackerspaces, tinkerspaces will be locations where students and staff can come together to design, explore, craft, draft, create, hack, and to grow. “Makers believe that if you can Imagine it, you can make it.”
As each Makerspace on each campus evolve and grow, so will the types of tools needed. At the entry level, some examples of tools needed are the following: glue gun, pop riveter, combination wrench screw drivers, pliers, sanding blocks, clamps, etc. Also at the entry level, Makers need access to consumable materials such as fasteners, glue, batteries, needle, thread, wires, tape, gloves, dust masks and much more. As each Makerspace on each campus grows, so will the supply of tools and consumable materials.
Makerspaces gives students the opportunity to play. Playing engages the part of the mind that innovates and creates. These skills go beyond high stakes testing and the simple recall skills that students have grown accustomed to. By playing and tinkering, students can make up their own goals and answer their own questions. They will be in charge of their own learning.