It has been a couple of years since I've done a March is for Making series. The pandemic pause has given me time to reflect, and even do a little personal making. But something in me feels like it's time for another 30 days of blog posts related to learning through creating and making. I'm not sure where we'll end up, but if you want to come on the journey with me - jump aboard.
Since I'm in the middle of teaching a course in Project Based Learning and Inquiry Based Learning at UVM, I've been thinking a lot about how a maker space (or similar spaces) support both of these pedagogical approaches.
A maker space not only makes it possible for students and teachers to take a deeper dive into project based learning its also serves as an inquiry space in so many ways.
I wonder what I would make with that tool?
I wonder how they made 'that'?
I wonder how 'this works'?
I wonder if it's possible to . . .
For students who think with their hands, there is no better inquiry space than a maker space.
How would you set up your maker space to create that sense of wonder?
Of course, you'll want to showcase inspiring examples of all types of making.
One of the most inspiring maker space setup I have seen was in Honolulu at Iolani's K6 Maker space.
Check out my March 3 2017 blog post for a virtual tour of how Matt Dillon inspired inquiry in his makerspace.
Tools are visible and accessible.
Don't forget to showcase projects in process, as well as projects that emerged from an unexpected turn.
Add the book Beautiful OOPS to your your showcase and include projects that evolved from mistakes.
and the MENTORING?