STEM Education Alliance’s Assistant Director, Dr. Jake Joseph, conducted a Maker Space Exploration event at the W&M School of Education. This was a free program open to anyone who wished to learn about maker spaces, soldering, and the ideas behind the maker movement. Five participants from Spotsylvania, DoDEA schools, the W&M School of Education and VIMS attended this event.
A maker space is a place where individuals can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials such as 3D printers. Participants learned the basics of maker spaces, how to equip a maker space, and how to integrate a maker space within standards based curriculum. In addition, Dr. Joseph taught a beginners soldering course. The attendees learned how to solder by assembling an electronics project. Finally, participants discussed the science behind soldering, and how soldering can be related to science standards framework.
The next Maker Space Exploration program is scheduled to take place in January 2016. Please contact STEMeducation@wm.edu for more details.