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Makerspaces and Fab Labs: Powerful Tools to Enhance Learning and Interest in STEM Topics

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Would you like to ignite your students' curiosity and learning and help them to develop a strong interest in STEM topics? Children often learn best by making things, whether physical or virtual, and Makerspaces and Fab Labs help to nurture this concept by letting learners engage in tinkering and making as powerful ways to learn. Join Dr. Keith Ingram as he offers insights and suggestions for bringing making, tinkering, and engineering into learner's lives, both in the classroom and in out-of-school settings. Discover what Makerspaces and Fab Labs are, why you would want to add one to your school, and how every classroom can become a Makerspace. Keith will also cover a materials list and easy first steps for a classroom of great joy, creativity, and invention. In addition, he will share how to solicit grant money or corporate sponsorships to build a great Makerspace classroom with tools, supplies, and hardware, as well as high-tech and low-tech materials. While primarily geared towards elementary and middle school, many concepts discussed would be applicable to some high school classes as well.


Status: Available On-Demand
Subject: Cross-curricular
Last aired on: Monday, January 19, 2015 @ 2:00 PM EST
Duration: 30 minutes
Credit Hours: 0.5
Categories: STEAM, Tools for Student Projects
Tags: creativity, elementary, engineering, fab labs, maker spaces, makerspaces, middle, science, STEM

Reviews (15)

Thank you.
Nice work
Full Member
Great info. Thanks
Basic Member
Very informative.
Thank you for the great explanations and visuals.
Basic Member
Great info. Thanks!
Basic Member
Thanks! It helped seeing all the visuals and suggested materials list. My biggest challenge is not so much gathering the materials - but convincing teachers that students are capable of creating! It's a shift in thinking to let them imagine and take the lead.
You did an awesome job showing some possibilities.
Basic Member
Great info!
Basic Member
Very informative.
Basic Member
How Fun! What a great way to inspire future engineers and STEM fields in general!
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