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ERIC Number: EJ1042206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-175X
Creating a Classroom Makerspace
Rivas, Luz
Educational Horizons, v93 p25-26 Oct-Nov 2014
What is a makerspace? Makerspaces are community-operated physical spaces where people (makers) create do-it-yourself projects together. These membership spaces serve as community labs where people learn together and collaborate on projects. Makerspaces often have tools and equipment like 3-D printers, laser cutters, and soldering irons. Additionally, arts and crafts are often integrated into makerspace offerings. Recently, educators have worked to bring these types of environments to schools by creating classroom makerspaces that offer students an opportunity to create and make with advanced technical tools that were once only available in engineering labs. Students also have a chance to work with everyday and recycled materials. Luz Rivas wanted to provide girls with access to tools and a creative environment where they could learn new skills and create real products, so she launched the DIY Girls (, an after-school program for 5th-grade girls at her former elementary school. This article describes how Rivas successfully found, and equipped a space at her former grade school, where girls can create a product and develop their ideas in a school environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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