In 2014, our media center expanded to include a Makerspace. The idea of learning through hands-on production has had libraries nationwide constructing Makerspaces, and Shorecrest was the first local independent school to add one. Trend analysts, business writers, and educational leaders are discussing the need for educational institutions to foster ingenuity with strong technological skills to succeed in our rapidly changing world. This dynamic learning environment encourages innovation, process, effort, strategy, progress and problem solving skills.
Lower School students have designed 3D logos and tinkered with electronics through electronic littlebits toys. Middle School students have integrated art, math, and technology by printing 3D tessellations. Upper School students have designed conceptual models of calculus theories and chemical bonds, and one student created a roving cell phone drone.
Our Makerspace includes:
- Three 3D printers
- Building and technology materials (including lots of LEGOs!)
- Craft supplies
- A dry-erase community table
- and much more!
Why is “Making” and the Makerspace crucial in helping students learn? We want your child to have 21st Century skills, be a problem solver and an independent thinker, as well as practice using the skills they learn to cement what is presented in the classroom!
Brain research shows that children who do first, and then watch a video or read a textbook, do better on tests and remember what they learn better than students who do it in the reverse learning order. Plus kids who “Make” are proven to be quicker to apply knowledge gained by making real things than students who just learn about something passively. Our Makerspace is not only cutting edge, it is going to give our students an edge in the 21st century job market!