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.