What is a Makerspace?
A makerspace is a place where young people and adults can go to make, learn, build and explore. These collaborative spaces are increasingly being established in schools and libraries across the globe. It is a very exciting time to be involved in education.
A makerspace is not defined by the equipment it contains but rather the activities carried out and the learners’ approach to working with each other. Cardboard and art supplies are enough to get started. Make Create Innovate can advise on the equipment you may want to consider purchasing when you are ready to take things further.
Makerspaces promote and support an entrepreneurial mindset of collaboration, creative problem-solving, critical thinking and innovation.
Make Create Innovate is a mobile makerspace, traveling throughout Ireland with all the materials and equipment needed to create a pop-up makerspace in your school or library. We offer hands-on workshops and courses, introducing learners to innovative technology as well as training adults within the space so that they have the expertise in planning and designing their own creative technology projects. We can work with you to develop a programme of workshops and courses designed specifically for your makerspace.
Our pop-up makerspace is the perfect place to experiment with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) concepts with exciting, hands-on activities designed to suit every kind of learner.
As educators, our job is to facilitate and encourage a supportive space that cultivates exploration through building, making and innovating. We believe in adopting a beginner's mindset and we believe that our job is to inquire with the learner, to model curiosity, to model experimentation and to be as interested about what is happening as the learner.