What is Maker Space in a Box?
Engineering is a growing career field. We want our students to feel comfortable and confident that they can take engineering courses. One way to accomplish that goal is to provide an early, non-threatening engineering experience with simple materials. The "Maker Space in a Box" allows for student engagement and practice. We plan to make the materials available to students to explore independently so they can hit the ground running with even more challenging explorations in science and engineering in the classroom.
This project will make a difference by allowing students to experience an introduction to engineering by applying what they have learning in science. Students will gain the confidence they need to explore careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Middle school is the perfect age to help students grow confident with their skills by using building materials they are familiar with to explore science and engineering.
I was surprised to learn that many of my students have little or no experience with building materials such as Legos and K'Nex. In the spirit of Bloom's Taxonomy, we will start with guided activities using kits to create STEM artifacts and progress to using our building materials to create new STEM based inventions.