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Maker Spaces in Education: Getting Started

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Specifics

  • Activities: Our courses usually include two cultural activities. Further information is available on the page of each location.
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
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  • Price: 480 €

Description

This course aims to give participants a deeper understanding of what makerspaces are and how makerspaces can be used in schools to support teaching.  This course is also designed to help teachers come up with projects and ideas of which maker space ideas could fit into their school’s curriculum as well as help them to understand which resources they would need to create a low-cost maker space at school. 

Makerspaces are a place in which students can experiment and create things in schools, and is a combination between science labs, woodshop, computer labs, and art rooms. Makerspaces allow students creative ways to design, experiment, build, and invent as they engage in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) courses. Makerspaces are a great way for students to experiment with their school’s curriculum and develop real-world skills at the same time.  

By the end of this course, participants will have a better understanding of what makerspaces are and will be able to create a low-cost makerspace in their school that is aligned to their own school’s curriculum.

Concept by: Alessandro Pumpo

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of what makerspaces are and the goals/disciplines involved in them;
  • Dig into the technologies and resources surrounding makerspaces and how to source materials and resources;
  • Integrate maker spaces into the curriculum and lesson plans;
  • Immerse your classroom and school into the makerspace community and staying connected;
  • Explore design thinking, genius hour and PBL frameworks that enhance makerspaces;
  • Use maker spaces to enhance student projects and portfolios and assessing makerspace projects.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction & setting goals

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities.
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.
  • Understanding what maker spaces are and looking at some examples; understanding the subjects and disciplines involved in maker spaces; thinking about the less ‘scientific’ subjects (history and languages, for example).

Setting goals

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations.
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Maker spaces

Exploring the technologies and resources surrounding maker spaces. Designing your own maker space in school and how to source, fund and store materials. Analyzing your school’s curriculum/subjects for maker space opportunities; brainstorm maker space projects for your school.

Day 3 – Stay motivated

Exploring the technologies and resources surrounding maker spaces. Designing your own maker space in school and how to source, fund and store materials. Analyzing your school’s curriculum/subjects for maker space opportunities; brainstorm maker space projects for your school.

Day 4 – Planning your own maker space project

Exploring design thinking, genius hour and PBL frameworks as enhancers of maker spaces. Planning a maker space project for your school (continued).

Day 5 – Presentations

Presentations

Presenting your maker space design. Integrating maker spaces into student portfolios; grading maker spaces through rubrics.

Day 6 – Course Closure & Excursion

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion.
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Please note:

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the trainer delivering the specific session and the requests of the participants.

If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion.

The number and schedule of the cultural activities depend on the location, not the course; further information is available on each location webpage. The trainer will send you the definitive course schedule approximately two weeks before the course.

Next Courses

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  • 19-24 Jul 2021
  • 16-21 Aug 2021
  • 20-25 Sep 2021
  • 18-23 Oct 2021
  • 15-20 Nov 2021
  • 17-22 Jan 2022
  • 21-26 Feb 2022
  • 21-26 Mar 2022
  • 18-23 Apr 2022
  • 16-21 May 2022
  • 20-25 Jun 2022
  • 5-10 Jul 2021
  • 26-31 Jul 2021
  • 2-7 Aug 2021
  • 6-11 Sep 2021
  • 4-9 Oct 2021
  • 1-6 Nov 2021
  • 6-11 Dec 2021
  • 3-8 Jan 2022
  • 7-12 Feb 2022
  • 7-12 Mar 2022
  • 4-9 Apr 2022
  • 2-7 May 2022
  • 26-31 Jul 2021
  • 23-28 Aug 2021
  • 27 Sep - 2 Oct 2021
  • 25-30 Oct 2021
  • 22-27 Nov 2021
  • 27 Dec - 1 Jan 2022
  • 24-29 Jan 2022
  • 28 Feb - 5 Mar 2022
  • 28 Mar - 2 Apr 2022
  • 25-30 Apr 2022
  • 23-28 May 2022
  • 27 Jun - 2 Jul 2022
  • 12-17 Jul 2021
  • 9-14 Aug 2021
  • 30 Aug - 4 Sep 2021
  • 13-18 Sep 2021
  • 11-16 Oct 2021
  • 8-13 Nov 2021
  • 29 Nov - 4 Dec 2021
  • 13-18 Dec 2021
  • 10-15 Jan 2022
  • 31 Jan - 5 Feb 2022
  • 14-19 Feb 2022
  • 14-19 Mar 2022
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