"Maker" Work Continues for Cohort of Local Schools
REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. – As part of Making Spaces: Expanding Maker Education Across the Nation, a nationwide program supported by Google, Maker Ed and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) has spent the past six months helping 10 local schools jumpstart and sustain maker education movements in their classrooms.
Maker education provides an opportunity for all students, especially those underserved by the conventional school system, to engage with learning based on their own unique strengths. By providing an environment more flexible than that of a traditional classroom, students are better able to direct their own learning, solve problems that matter to them and develop the creative confidence they need to succeed beyond school.
Our 10 school teams have worked closely with Robert Pronovost, SMCOE's maker education coordinator, and Bruce Duncan, SMCOE's instructional technology coordinator, to craft vision statements, build compelling plans for growing and sustaining making and learning and put together crowdfunding campaigns that will support the maker movement in local schools. The funds raised will support a wide range of activities, including building making spaces at schools and investing in maker-related professional development for teachers.
- Cunha Intermediate School (Cabrillo Unified) is hoping to fund its "Cub Hub," an inspiring space in the library where students will have opportunities to tackle real-world challenges through hands-on learning.
- Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School (Pacifica) is asking for support to create the IBL Innovation Lab, which will give students access to tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, robotic kits and circuitry supplies.
- La Honda Elementary School (La Honda-Pescadero) will be raising money to create a space where students can create, invent, tinker, explore and discover through a wide variety of tools and materials.
- Lipman Middle School (Brisbane) is hoping to make its new I.D.E.A. Lab—which will include a makerspace and a 21st-century science lab—an effective, usable space for student exploration and learning.
- Margaret Pauline Brown Elementary School (Jefferson Elementary) will be expanding its library into a flexible makerspace environment, which will help students access design-thinking activities, Genius Hours and more.
- Thomas R. Pollicita Intermediate School (Jefferson Elementary) is in need of programs and materials that expose students to the possibilities of future STEM careers, and their campaign is raising money for a dedicated makerspace.
- Westborough Middle School (South San Francisco Unified) is hoping to fund a new "Collibratory," a shared space for hands-on learning and technology integration through student-created projects and student-centered activities.
- Bayshore Elementary School (Bayshore), John Gill Elementary School (Redwood City), and Willow Oaks School (Ravenswood) are currently finalizing their crowdfunding campaigns. Visit the SMCOE website for updates.