According to net.educause.edu, a makerspace is “a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build.” Makerspaces provides a community where people can make, share, explore, and learn.
Educators can use tools such as Makerspace for Education as a collaborative, digital place for educators to explore and learn how to use makerspaces in their classrooms.
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“The maker movement is about teaching and learning that is focused on student centered inquiry. This is not the project done at the end of a unit of learning, but the actual vehicle and purpose of the learning.” [Makerspaces in Education]
As the maker movement gains momentum across the country, more products and ideas are emerging to increase the potential of makerspaces in the classroom.
“The combination of ingenious makers and innovative technologies such as the Arduino microcontroller and personal 3D printing are driving innovation in manufacturing, engineering, industrial design, hardware technology and education. ,” according to Maker Faire.