Creative projects reflecting imagination, creativity, and pieces of PVC pipe were some of the items that resulted from teachers establishing makerspaces for special education students. Some of the projects included Lightsabers from “Star Wars,” a miniature football field, and a model of Valley View Mall
Cave Spring Middle School students were participating under the supervision of special education teacher Pattie Gentry in a new program called “Makers Space”. It is based on a familiar idea of giving students an area that works like a lab so they can solve a challenge with a set of materials. It makes use of critical thinking, hands on learning, and has not been used with special education students before.
Gentry explained, “They think it’s something fun to play,” but she continued to say that there is much more to it than that.