During Term 1, students were encouraged to explore building and creating through using both high and low-technology resources, such as Lego Robotics and littleBits, as well as our craft supplies of paper, cardboard and other “bibs and bobs”. Particularly at the end of the term, students made some beautiful Easter craft creations.
In Term 2, students made a Mother’s Day scrub as a gift. Students engaged in a STEAM construction challenge; Balloon-Powered Cars. They sewed flowers using a version of string art. They made bookmarks out of paper. Our new giant Nancy loom is ready for some giant French Knitting…
“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.