As the CMSD Fab Lab continues to grow we are happy to share more district-wide resources. Please explore the items listed below and feel free to reach out to Sarah Wallace at sarah.wallace@clevelandmetroschols with any questions or if you would like to discuss how to bring Fab to your CMSD school.
Fab? STEM? Makerspace?
What is a Fab Lab? A STEM Lab? A Makerspace? Call it whatever you want- all of these terms in one way or another come down to the big idea of students learning core academic content (any subject, any grade level) through an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary project in which they make an artifact and teachers most likely use some sort of non-traditional pedagogy. Learn more here.
The map below details which schools having makerspaces, digital fabrication equipment, robotics, tech or computer science teachers, CTE programs and more. The data is currently only pulling from K-8 schools that have responded to a survey. The map will be updated when more information becomes available.
Building a MakerSpace, FAB Lab or STEM Lab?
The map below details which schools having makerspaces, digital fabrication equipment, robotics, tech or buying machines, supplies, consumables, tools, furniture and activities or kits for a makerspace can be daunting. Trying to build the perfect space to inspire students and get them making with a small budget is a challenge, but also having to spend a large amount of money by the end of month is equally difficult. Check out the resource linked below and reach out to the folks listed on the document to help you curate the perfect makerspace for your CMSD school.
What to Make? What to Teach?
Anyone can 3d print a model they downloaded from the internet or use some paper to build a bridge. What makes MakerEducation special is how students experience learning through the act of creating a tangible artifact of their master of core content while simultaneously increasing their ability to be better twenty first century citizens by collaborating and using technology. Check out the large collection of Fab Projects in the presentation below.