Leanne Bowler in her article, "Maker Experiences and Design Thinking in Education of Libraries" (2014) states, "A middle school is a physical place where informal collaborative learning can happen through hands-on creation, using any combination of technology, industrial arts, and fine arts that is not readily available for home use." The MakerSpace allows creation that students may be lacking in the classroom or even at home with the use of trial and error design with real materials. It promotes natural collaboration, designing from curiosity, tinkering, creation of student confidence, and better thinking through better questioning.
To answer my title question, "Why make?" I have to simply say that a MakerSpace gives opportunities to students that they otherwise would not have. It is a motivation. A break from the usual schedule in the classroom. Student can build so many skills all while they "Make" with high tech and low tech stuff. If you want to know more about what a MakerSpace is check out some of these resources.
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