Starting a Makerspace: How Plainfield did it at their Middle School and how they use Design Thinking/PBL to promote Innovation and Inquiry

Julia Crone
Presenter(s): Julia Crone

Part 1
Would you like to get started with making in the classroom or would your school like to start its own Makerspace? This session will explore Makerspace basics that support STEM and other subjects. We will discuss how the IDEALab at Plainfield Community Middle School grew from an empty classroom and a storage closet to a state of the art Makerspace equipped with a Green Screen Room and Sound Room. We will focus on materials you need to get your own Makerspace started and helpful tips on what has worked and what has not!

Part 2
Do you want to give your students more opportunities have stronger, more connected, and more realistic experiences all while hitting your standards? This session is about how we incorporate Design Thinking into almost every activity we do in the lab. Giving students a WHY, relating it back to their world, and making it hands-on is so important for today’s students. I have some simple and easy to use templates on designing a lesson and also tips and tricks on getting started. I also have some fun activities that help foster the 4 C’s with a focus on CREATIVITY!

Learning Intention(s):

1. Participants will get to hear how and why to start a Makerspace and be able to ask questions.

2. Participants will learn about how the IDEALab has successfully implemented the Design Process to give their students stronger, more connected, and more realistic experiences.

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