“Makerspace”is not an end in itself. It is about providing capacity to enable students to gain the skills and attributes to solve the world’s real problems; a world that is largely following a “money” paradigm, that is leading to growing inequality and suffering, and destroying the planet. Students need to be armed with these “future” skills and attributes, and the knowledge that a sustainable future depends on “social responsibility” not pursuit of wealth. These students need to be able to find their own problems, and be able to apply inquiry and design thinking models to keep improving their prototypes. The goal of teaching is not engagement, it is about the real problems that confront us all.
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Students applying research on sustainable homes by building their own house in Minecraft Flatworld. This was extended further this year with students screencasting their house with a voiceover describing the sustainable features of their house.
Some changes this year to tiny house unit: screencasting minecraft houses, less cardboard – using card templates instead, more time on tinkercad and 3D printing, more use of minecraft for problem solving