Because a maker space encourages learning while doing, high schools are seeking to create these in house laboratories for work based learning.
In Sonoma Valley High School’s new maker space, the technology driven learning is encouraging students to realize their ideas as products of their work.
A “maker space” or maker lab is part of the “maker culture”, which combines tools, space, and collaboration in a community setting while emphasizing hands on exploration as a means to learning.
Casey Shea, a consultant with the Sonoma County Office of Education, says a maker space allows students to “bring an idea from their minds to their hands as quickly as possible.”
“Easy, frequent access to this kind of equipment is a game changer in the world of career and technical education,” says Shea.
The space has two digital manufacturing machines, and a new $11,000 Full Spectrum laser cutter, which enables students to create designs on computer and then use cardboard, acrylic, plastic, or wood to prototype their creations. In addition, there is a $3,400 Makerbot 3D printer, allowing small scale manufacturing.