Douglas Grafflin Makerspace
WHAT IS A MAKERSPACE?
Simply put, makerspaces are community centers with tools and materials that allow students to solve problems and answer questions through design solutions, prototypes, creating, revising, collaborating, researching and solving their identified problem.
Makerspaces combine hi-tech and low-tech equipment, with the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) for the purposes of enabling community members to share ideas and collaboratively work on projects that wouldn’t have been possible to create without the resources available in the Makerspace and if the individuals were only working alone.
These spaces encourage students to fail, struggle, make mistakes, and persevere. The students are taught the Design for Learning principles (shown below) as well as encouraged to look at their "failures" as opportunities for learning and growing.