This week, I hosted my first “pop-up” Makerspace. I didn’t go crazy, invite the whole middle school, or even bring out everything that I had snagged the day before at the Radio Shack sale. I simply invited 3 friends from 7th grade to join me in the un-boxing of the Makey Makey. I wanted to get their input not only on the product, but also on the whole idea of having a space to create, explore, and make. Before I proceeded with “MY” plan to build the space, I needed to hear ThEiR VOiCe. So, I started with just introducing the idea. I told them what I was thinking and asked them if they had ever heard of a Makerspace. Nope – nada – no idea what I was talking about…so, I showed them the New Milford High Makerspace video. They were hooked!
Perfect time to open the Makey Makey. I carefully pulled the components from their plastic packaging (and I noticed that the students handled them just as gently for the 90 minutes that we were together). I showed them the video about what you can make with the Makey Makey and that was it. The making began! No other teacher-centered instructions were needed other than pointing them to the Makey Makey website. Each student used a computer to research the possibilities.
Derrick is in the percussion section of the band, so he was a pro!