I’m intrigued by the philosophy behind MakerSpaces mostly because it gets to the heart of learning in the pure sense.
This evening, my children spent a few hours in one type of MakerSpace designing a car, building a prototype of it, and creating the color crayons for the colors of it.
And I watched these two design, discover, explore, fail, rethink, and celebrate. They worked collaboratively , communicated their ideas in various forms, and created a product.
This inquiry-based experiential moment was learning at its finest in my mind. They were both in a state of flow. They were both in a state of pure happiness.
I observed. I listened. I questioned. When needed, I guided. But mostly, I gave feedback.
And again, I have to wonder what will happen to them in classrooms that don’t see learning in this way, classrooms that see learning as an object not a process.