Featured in TODAY – ‘Makerspaces’ allow students to get messy – and creative

Featured in TODAY – ‘Makerspaces’ allow students to get messy – and creative

Date
Wednesday, 27 April 2016

'Makerspaces' are commonly defined as community-operated workspaces where people with common interests, i.e. in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and collaborate.

More schools in Singapore are incorporating "maker education" into their curriculum, where students are encouraged to design and build projects that are meaningful to them personally or to the community.

These spaces are set aside specifically for students to meddle with equipment and materials to build various prototypes such as LED shoes and virtual reality headsets.

Research Scientist from the Learning Sciences Lab of OER, Dr Michael Tan, says that to foster an innovative culture includes “embracing the messiness that may come with it”.

He is currently involved in an eduLab project to enhance Design and Technology programmes in 10 schools.

Read more about ‘maker education’ in schools in this TODAY article on 27 April 2016.