Makerspace learning is not just a fad! This style of hands-on, STEM curriculum is becoming the norm in education, and schools everywhere are beginning to understand the benefits of providing students with a makerspace. Through these curated spaces, students have an outlet to express their creativity through collaborative, project-based learning. There’s no end to the benefits it provides to students.
Provides Real World Skills
Makerspaces do a phenomenal job of enabling kids to solve real problems by providing resources to turn their ideas into practical inventions. During their journey from idea to reality, the process requires them to collaborate, think differently, use new physical and digital tools as well as try and fail, which also shows them that failure is a necessary byproduct of success. Beyond instilling entrepreneurial, social and trade skills, these inventive classrooms offer a way to demonstrate to students how the concepts taught in class can apply to the real world.
Caters to Different Learning Styles
Not every person learns best through one style, which can cause perfectly bright kids to fall behind their peers who excel in the standard learning format. Makerspaces are an educational sandbox, meaning there are multiple ways to solve a problem. Each student may arrive at the solution via a different path, and along that path will be learning through failure, a powerful teaching tool.
Imparts Problem Solving Skills
While every curriculum imparts problem solving skills onto students, it is all-too-often a narrow range of tools taught to solve a problem. Conversely, makerspaces present the opportunity of many avenues of problem solving. Students may arrive at the solution via the method taught in-class, but that is typically a predetermined formula to uncover the answer to a problem. When kids are taught one way to find a solution in a preset manner, it makes it challenging for them to apply their knowledge to a real-world situation. Makerlabs teach a concept and through hands-on learning, students can expand upon it to find their way to an answer.
Makerspaces encourage kids to think entrepreneurially. The idea of the makerlab is to give students a space to apply knowledge they recently learned in a hands-on environment. It is a place to design, build and turn ideas into reality. Makerlabs are revolutionizing the way students learn, providing a number of benefits and giving them skills that will translate into success throughout their life. These benefits will eventually trickle into the rest of society, as the skills kids learn in makerspaces encourage them to pursue careers in STEM-related fields, or even create their own job to fit the needs of an ever-adapting society.