A maker mindset can be cultivated in any environment. Before the construction of our new makerspace, we used the basement below the theater as our creative area. Before we had shiny new 3D printers and a laser cutter, the primary material used in the makerspace was cardboard (and still is). Makerspaces evolve in many ways, and ours stemmed from our shared philosophies around making, design thinking, engineering, coding, and robotics
No matter what materials you have readily available, you can teach with a maker mindset and instill that mindset in students. Here are four of the concepts that drive everything we do in our making.
In our makerspace, we have a chart of “true” STEM versus “flawed” STEM. In true STEM, there is solution diversity. Students can go through a project or lesson gaining the same skillset, but everyone’s project will look…