Makerspace-2Recently, Weaver Lake Elementary School was awarded a grant for its Makerspace with Rigor and Rubrics program. Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) awarded Weaver Lake a Champion Creatively Alive Children Grant to support the makerspace program.

Inspired by MIT’s Life Long Kindergarten approach to creative-analytical exploring, Weaver Lake has created a makerspace where students bring an artistic approach to the engineering design cycle: design, create, test, and improve.

Rather than focusing on the end product, assessment will be based on the rigor of the process. Rubrics will monitor metacognitive skills, persistence, articulation of independent ideas, and collaboration.

Weaver Lake received $2,500 to support professional development for staff to instill creative-thinking methodology. The Creative Leadership Team and the University of St. Thomas provided the training. A $1,000 worth of Crayola products helped stock the makerspace with needed materials.

 

TO DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN THE MAKERSPACE:

1. Students work as a team.
2. Students solve problems.
3. Students publicly exhibit their learning.
4. Students actively reflect on what they are learning and doing.
5. Students focus on standards of quality.
6. Teachers mediate.
7. Learning results guide the classroom culture and the curriculum.
8. Activities are connected.
9. Students take responsibility for and ownership of their learning.

-Published Nov. 17, 2014