A high school makerspace allows for creative learning, in a multipurpose room where students put creative projects into practice.

A Makerspace Allows for Creative LearningAt Gainesville High School, students are not only reading the about the fictional world of Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” but they are creating one of their own.

“The idea behind a Makerspace is that it is a place for kids to come and put into practice what they’ve learned in the classroom,” said Misty Freeman, assistant principal at the school. “It’s about going above and beyond.”

According to Freeman, there are many technologies available for students to use, but the classroom purpose is not to use technology; technology is a tool for creativity. “It’s trying to get them be hands-on and to articulate, not only in words, what they’re doing and how and why they do it,” Freeman said.

Literature classes took advantage of the space to build their ideal worlds that they read about in the classroom. They’ve represented not only the utopian world of “The Giver” but also C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”.

“My kids were chomping at the bit to see their work,” said Lara Mallard,high school world literature teacher. “We’re going to find a way to hang them from the ceiling so they have a representation in the classroom.”

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