Eight Essential Elements of a Good Maker Space Project

Mark Hubbard | May 3, 2018 | MAKER SPACE

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Are you looking for a template to follow when designing high-quality maker space experiences? In their book Invent to Learn, authors Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager describe these eight characteristics of a good maker space project:

  • Purpose and relevance. Is the project personally meaningful to students, so they feel invested in it?
  • Time. Have you given students enough time to plan, carry out, test, and revise their work?
  • Complexity. Does the problem require knowledge from multiple subject areas to solve?
  • Intensity. Does the project provide an outlet for students to deeply engage with the material?
  • Connection. Are students collaborating with each other or connecting with powerful ideas and/or experts from around the world to solve a problem?
  • Access. Do students have sufficient access to materials and information to complete their project?
  • Shareability. Does the project provide an opportunity for students to share their work with an authentic audience outside of school?
  • Novelty. Does the project represent a fresh idea? (If you’re assigning the same tasks to students every year, they can simply draw upon prior students’ experiences rather than reaching their own discoveries.)