“Maker spaces” are usually associated with entrepreneurs, hackers and do-it-yourselfers who create art, prototypes, robotics and more in a collaborative setting. But maker spaces also are popping up in schools, including in Los Angeles.
The San Fernando Institute for Applied Media on Thursday marked the creation of its Maker Space classroom, where students get hands-on access to robotics equipment, digital filmmaking tools, and materials to learn filming, technology and engineering concepts.
The special classroom was created in August, but Thursday was its official debut, when the middle school students displayed their projects for visitors.
Students premiered their movies about the importance of welcoming the new kid at school and about spending time with family. Alice Penaloza, in eighth grade, showed off her project — a light-powered vibrating bridge carrying toy cars…