Unit 4.2 DB: Makerspaces Unit 4.2 DB: Makerspaces Search for a makerspace on the web. Explore the website of the makerspace and note the kinds of activities that it supports and the programs that is offers. Are there programs for young kids related to STEM? In your initial post:
- Share the name and website address of the makerspace that you explored. Briefly describe the programs and activities that it offers for children and families, as well as teens and adults. Name a STEM related activity at the makerspace that appeals to you.
- Using common materials that you have at home, design a makerspace for your family. Think of an activity that you can do with your family in your makerspace. How would this activity involve tinkering or how can you design the activity to include tinkering?
- Document your family makerspace and activity using one of these options:
Option 1: Take a picture of the tools and materials that you collected for your makerspace and include text describing your makerspace setup, family activity and how the activity will involve tinkering.
Option 2: Record a short video in which you show and describe your makerspace setup, family activity and how the activity will involve tinkering. If needed, review the instructions to Post a personal YouTube video in Blackboard available in the Unit Supplemental Resources.
With your peers, discuss the various ways that you could include makerspace areas and tinkering activities in your early education classrooms. What are some ways that you could get diverse families involved in your classroom makerspace activities?