Malvern Maker Space
In Malvern's Learning Commons you will find our Makerspace and Play-kerspace. This is an area where students are provided with materials and opportunities to tinker and create their own learning in a non-traditional way. Throughout the year students are presented with challenges that they will be invited to complete using the materials, including technology, provided in the Learning Commons' Makerspace. They are also welcome to complete these challenges outside of the Learning Commons as well. Students work on these challenges will not be seamless, as we want them to learn that creation is a systematic process including small failures and changes. However their efforts and final products will be recognized. Students will find their work recognized in class and school wide initiatives including morning announcements, and school recognition assemblies like Friday Live. To learn more about the current and past challenges continue reading.
Makerspace vs Play-ker Space?
We have two different spaces in our Learning Commons: a MAKERspace and a PLAY-kerspace. These share common goals but are geared towards different audiences with different approaches. The Play-kerspace is designed with our youngest learners in mind and they learn more through play. Our Play-kerspace contains 24 different box choices including choices that teach coding, math, spelling, and most of all collaborative play that encourages communication. The Makerspace contains materials appropriate for our older students including a weekly STEAM based challenge. There are materials for learning about circuits, coding, video game building, and collaborative work. Learn more here.