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Makerspace Request
Ira Michaud
Friday, November 02, 2018

Good evening.     Mrs. Alley, our enrichment teacher, is preparing for a unit where students will be designing and building a prosthetic limb.  In thinking about her needs for some random items for students to tinker with, she got thinking about how our school may benefit from a "Makerspace".  For those unfamiliar with the term, here are some clear descriptions from makerspaces.com:
"What is a makerspace?
A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.  These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, soldering irons and even sewing machines.  A makerspace however doesn’t need to include all of these machines or even any of them to be considered a makerspace.  If you have cardboard, legos and art supplies you’re in business....It’s more of the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a makerspace.  These spaces are also helping to prepare those who need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence.  Some of the skills that are learned in a makerspace pertain to electronics, 3d printing, 3D modeling, coding, robotics and even woodworking,   Makerspaces are also fostering entrepreneurship and are being utilized as incubators and accelerators for business startups."
This quote came from: https://www.makerspaces.com/what-is-a-makerspace/

So now that you know what a makerspace is, we are looking for items that folks may want to donate that students could use to explore and tinker with in order to create things.  Our students are Edgecomb Eddy are incredibly curious, creative, and driven to explore, and items you are willing to donate could be the key to some our students discovering their passions.  Please consider what you might be willing to provide, and contact Mrs. Alley via her email, balley@aos98schools.org.  If you'd like a little more inspiration, please click on the link below to watch a short video around what a makerspace is.
 What is a Makerspace?

Thank you for your consideration,

Ira Michaud