What is a Maker Space?

We have been running a ‘Maker Space’ at Tyabb since part way through Term 2 and have had up to a dozen students working on their own projects such as creating their own fidget spinners and surfboard fins.

A Maker Space is a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring and sharing, which uses high tech to no tech tools. 

The Maker Space is open to both students and teachers. We have a variety of maker equipment including a 3D printer, laser cutter (coming soon) and soldering irons. It’s more of the ‘maker mindset’ of creating something out of nothing, and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a Maker Space.  Maker Spaces also foster entrepreneurship and are known as incubators and accelerators for business start-ups in the wider community.

Maker Spaces help prepare students who require critical 21st century skills in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).  They provide hands on learning, assist in critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence.  Some of the skills that are learned in a Maker Space include electronics, 3d printing, 3D modelling, coding, robotics and woodworking.  

When: Wednesday Lunchtimes, Where: Tyabb Technology Realisation Room.

Lance Albrecht
Teacher | Outdoor Education