A new innovation lab is a maker space at a middle school and teachers are preparing equipment and plans for students.
At Graham Middle School, the new innovation lab doesn’t have much equipment, but there are still big plans.Â âWe are ready now because you donât need all that stuff to âmake,ââ said Dayson Pasion, a teacher who is one of the founders of the lab. âRight now weâre using a hodgepodge of equipment; teachers are bringing their own cameras and tripods.â
The lab is set up in two unused classrooms. Â One of the first tasks seventh graders tackled was to work on videos in the maker space about theÂ â12 powerful wordsâ thatÂ often pose difficulties in standardized test questions. Â These works includeÂ âtrace,â âanalyze,â âinferâ and âevaluate.â
Under Pasion’s guidance, students learned to use a tripod, frame a shot, and use a camera more complicated than the one on a phone. The lab currently has two smartboards and a few pieces of other equipment, and will be getting a 3-D printer shortly.
Pasion’s vision of the lab is a maker space for school and community. He envisions community groups such as the Scouts learning about 3-D printing, and people from the community making their skills available to students.
âWe have expertise in the community,â Pasion said. âWhy couldnât they teach kids how to solder?â