Making refers to a set of activities that can be designed with a variety of learning goals in mind. A key goal of maker-centered learning is to help young people and adults feel empowered to build and shape their worlds. Acquiring this sense of maker empowerment is strongly supported by learning to notice and engage with the designed dimension of one’s physical and conceptual environment—in other words, by having a sensitivity to design. This sensitivity develops when young people and adults have opportunities to look closely and reflect on the design of objects and systems, explore the complexity of design, and understand themselves as designers of their worlds.
Tech Tuesdays, originally Maker Mondays, is a drop-in event every Tuesday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. where educators and non-educators can explore SMCOE's Makerspace and learn new programs, activities, and tools. Join the Tech Tuesdays mailing list to learn about upcoming events.
Making can happen in a variety of places that may be labeled “makerspaces” as well as in classrooms, museums, libraries, studios, homes, or garages. They are fundamentally places to design, explore, and create. As part of Making Spaces: Expanding Maker Education Across the Nation, a nationwide program supported by Google, SMCOE is partnering with the Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed) and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (CMP) to provide local schools with guidance, professional development, and support to jumpstart and sustain maker education in classrooms. These schools have officially launched crowdfunding campaigns to support their makerspaces. Click below to learn about and support their efforts.
Cunha Intermediate School's Cub Hub (Cabrillo Unified School District)
Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School's Innovation Lab (Pacifica School District)
La Honda Elementary School's Makerspace (La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District)
Thomas R. Pollicita Middle School's Makerspace (Jefferson Elementary School District)
M. P. Brown Elementary School's Maker Den (Jefferson Elementary School District)