At Chelmsford High School, we will have a new collaborative studio space for creative endeavors called a Makerspace. A Makerspace provides tools and location in an environment where students can work on projects and get help from an expert and/or peers in order to use the materials. Makerspaces are often connected to fields such as engineering, computer science and graphic design. The Makerspace materials provided do not require a background in programming or robotics. We have two new robots called Dot and Dash that are controlled from five different apps installed on an iPad. This is a fun and interesting way to learn about technology, computer programming and engineering. Executive Director of Technology and Information, Anne-Marie Fiore said: “A MakerSpace is a place where students gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects build. It is a place to have fun and be creative!”
Over the next few weeks we will be introducing additional materials into this informal combination of conference room, lab, and shop where students can innovate and learn through hands-on exploration. Makerspaces are on their way to the middle and elementary level, soon! Stay Tuned!