Across America, students are learning in new ways many of us could only imagine, tinkering, creating and experimenting in makerspaces to solve real-world challenges.
We have seen this transformation first-hand here at Arizona Science Center’s CREATE makerspace, where I work.
High school students have created prototypes for innovations that redefine how we travel in the air and support sustainable living on Mars. Middle school students have used a mix of laser cutters, three-dimensional printers and wood-cutting tools to develop turbochargers and crash test protection devices that solve real-world issues in the automotive industry. And even our fourth grade students have worked through a variety of design challenges, building boats that can stay afloat with increasing loads and using magnets to power cars.
Here in Phoenix and nationally, young people learn in spaces where they can…