What is a Makerspace?
The Setton Family Makerspace Media Room is continually updated to accommodate many new technologies. Students have access to a 3D printer, Lego Robotics, Makey Makey, Little Bits, and much more. All of these items will help encourage creativity and tinkering. The room also includes a green screen and video software, as well as a handful of computers and iPads for media projects and other creative means. Beyond that, a “take-apart” station and “create” station are available for student exploration.
Makerspaces encourage discovery and self-reliance, develop creative thinking and arts exploration, and encourage team-based projects over independent effort. Our Makerspace will also support common core fundamentals in physical problem solving scenarios, and teach kids it’s ok to “not get it right” the first time, learn from their mistakes and keep moving forward.
Who gets to use it?
All students at Westlake Elementary have consistent rotations through the Setton Makerspace Media Room during their computer lab time. Throughout the school year, students will have the opportunity to build, create, and explore the variety of equipment available to them. Students are also available to go to the Makerspace during one of their scheduled breaks or lunches for free exploration.
What are the key goals and learning values?
•Encourage discovery, creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration
•Promote math, science, technology and engineering skills
•Communicate using technical and scientific language