Do You Have a Makerspace or a Fakerspace?

When the makerspace movement in education began, teachers’ intentions were in the right place, but they didn’t always have the resources and expertise to make the most of these incredible spaces. Though schools might invest in the best makerspace materials for their classrooms, if they are simply instructing students to build crafting projects the entire point of making working machinery and systems through STEM concepts is lost.

Within a true makerspace, students are supposed to create working items that serve a purpose or solve a problem. When students use simple materials to create tools that offer great solutions, they are able to see the process from the earliest planning, through building, into testing a prototype, identifying weak areas, fixing problems, and celebrating the success of a fully functioning piece of equipment.

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