In a time when most schools are prioritizing math and reading, and devoting more time to these subjects while reducing or eliminating such things as art, recess, and music, why would we offer time to tinker in a makerspace? In the words of Sir Ken Robinson, in one of the most watched TED Talk of all times, “Creativity is as important now in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.“ (I highly recommend watching the TED Talk.) We can’t predict what skills our children will need in a world 5, 10, or 20 years from now, but we know that the ability to think creatively, problem solve, and innovate will set them up for success.
Providing the opportunity to innovate
Creating real-world applications for classroom concepts
Learning to take failure in stride
Exposing students to new opportunities
Building critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Developing a wide range of 21st century skills
And the best part? The students love makerspace!