A Makerspace is a designated area where DIY meets education. It is where students have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual, and develop creative projects. Playful learning helps students to make learning connections and solve real-world problems, providing context for their learning.
These spaces empower students, encouraging a shift from being passive consumers of knowledge and information to active creators and innovators. Makerspaces offer authentic learning experiences connected to the real world, engaging students in the ‘big picture’. The focus is not necessarily on the end product, but on the process involved during the design and construction phases.
Makerspaces come in all shapes and sizes, but they all serve as a gathering point for tools, projects, mentors and expertise. A collection of tools does not define a Makerspace. Rather, we define it by what it enables: making.
Working in partnership with the Leacock Foundation, the Get Ahead Project and College are making important changes to the academic curriculum to better equip graduates for life after graduation.