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What is a Makerspace?

Makerspace

This is the most difficult question to answer. For as many people ask this question there are as many answers. Diana Rendina provides the most comprehensive definition. In her blog Defining Makerspaces she provides the following definition “a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials.”

Use this definition as the basis for your Makerspace and build from there. Every Makerspace is different and no two Makerspaces will ever nor should they be alike. A Makerspace will reflect you the educator, age group you are working with, location and reflect your learning environment. Makerspaces are not about buying “stuff.” As Seymour Papert described it, “The Role of the Teacher is to create the conditions of invention, rather than provide ready made knowledge.” Those conditions can be simply household items. Remember it was simple items that saved the lives of Apollo 13 astronauts. Not sophisticated machines.

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