Top 4 Elements of a Makerspace

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What does a makerspace look like?  Maker-centered learning spaces promote uninhibited exploration, support curiosity and encourage high levels of interaction and collaboration.  Below you’ll find idea starters showcasing the common themes we see across the maker movement:

1.  Flexible Storage.  Maker-centered learning involves prototyping, crafting and many iterative processes. Design thinking lives here and students need to easily access and be able to stash supplies. Storage options should be mobile, vary in size, and open for easy, on-demand access.

2.  Worksurfaces.  Students need a place to create. Include large worksurfaces where they can gather or work individually. Worksurfaces also support tools for activities like 3D printing, robotics and design. These tools reinforce something greater (agency).

3.  Adaptive Seating.  Adaptive seating solutions easily allow students and teachers to move throughout a space, giving them the freedom to select different styles of seating based on their needs.

4.  Writable Surfaces.  Surfaces for ideation (market board, magnetic, or tackable/stickable) allow students and teachers to generate and easily synthesize ideas as they work through the creative design thinking process.

See below for a few Makerspace layouts:

 

Explore what students and educators need within their human and maker-centered learning expeditions.  For more information on Makerspaces, click here to download KI Furniture's interactive brochure and contact us for more details!