Maker Spaces in the Libraries

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A Maker space refers to people coming together to create and share resources, knowledge, and “stuff.” There are a number of freestanding and school-based Maker spaces nationwide, and several forward-thinking libraries have started developing them for their communities.

One of my educational philosophical principles is to make education fun.  I believe that Maker Space will be a useful tool in making education fun because Maker Spaces promote learning through play and have the potential to make the content of science, math and technology more clearer to the students.  This can also be integrated to the K-12 curriculum to make students more engaged and interested in learning.

In the article The Makings of Maker Spaces Lauren Britton presented how Maker Spaces give children the opportunity to explore their thoughts and talents. She described that last winter two young boy came to the Fayetteville Free Library and offered their own design of the “Public Library of the Future.”  Doesn’t it sound awesome? To me it does.  In the maker space one can actually bring their own ideas or views of the world and give them life.  Students can take this opportunity and become scientists, or mathematicians or famous artists.  This will excite them to create something new and they will be more engaged in learning.  When students have the opportunity to come up with their own ideas I believe they will be more interested in learning.  Britton said in her blog,

Someone who wants to do something because it is fun is more likely to find an activity to be meaningful than someone who is doing something for a reward or to learn something. When someone is engaged in a playful space, that person will learn more easily. Creating playful information-based spaces allows the learner to explore and engage with content on the learner’s terms instead of on the instructor’s terms.

Therefore I believed that Maker Space is a great opportunity for students as well as young people in general to explore their creativity and become successful in their lives.  I also believe that the integration of the Maker Space into the curriculum will be an excellent idea because it will make education fun for the students.

5 thoughts on “Maker Spaces in the Libraries

  1. I like the quote you used from Lauren Britton’s blog. Fun is a great motivator for anyone especially children.

  2. Great post! Making education fun is a great way to get students to learn. I can say this from experience! Your post reminded me of my 5th grade class- I had an amazing teacher who was always looking to make education fun for us- her students. We had so many different areas in the back of our classroom, such as ( writing center, art, reading, math etc.) every week we were assigned different areas to work in and explore the different concepts. The way everything was set up and how it allowed the students to be creative- I believed helped us grow.

  3. great point, making education fun will truly give students the best chance to learn, when learning something is boring children tend to tune out and usually act out, this is not a good approach to teaching, but by introducing concepts as a maker space students will have a place to engage in learning. when student are engaged their capacity for learning increases. good post

  4. I agree with Lauren Britton’s quote. We all learn better in a fun, playful environment. I think its great that this library gave children a place to meet and share their ideas and creations. I can’t think of any other way to motivate children that making them feel good about something they created with their own hands or thought of.

  5. I agree education has to be interesting and fun in order for children to open their minds and succeed in schools. The same old boring routine of children just sitting in rows and facing the teacher doesn’t motivate them enough to engage in learning. Great post!

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