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Make An Impact: Innovating A Generation

By February 20, 2019General

Should computer science be a mandatory part of a high school curriculum? This was a question that was posed two years ago in a Forbes article.  Today computer science has taken a priority slot for K–12 teachers, as experts forecast a majority of jobs will incorporate some kind of coding skills or computational thinking by as early as 2020. One of the most popular ways schools are introducing the subject is through makerspaces and coding activities.  The trend is sweeping across the country and now is your chance to win a brand new Makerspace for your school.

Discovery Education and Stanley Black & Decker have teamed up and are holding a contest to build BRAND NEW Makerspaces for TWO lucky schools! Head over to the Innovation Generation contest and vote. The winning school(s) will receive a $25,000 Makerspace!  

You may be asking yourself what IS a makerspace? Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design and experiment in science, engineering and making. These spaces often include 3d printers, cnc machines and other high tech tools. Abigail Dreher, the Director Of Public Affairs for Stanley Black & Decker, spoke to Make48 about the benefits of having a makerspace in a district.  “Makerspaces allow students to put their ideas into action. It enables them to be creative, to get hands-on experience, and to interact in a fun and engaging environment. Having a resource like this in schools enables students to increase their problem solving skills – they are able to test their theories, fail, and then try again.”

Often tied to STEM or STEAM learning, schools are using the maker movement to foster creativity and some schools are using makerspaces as part of their methodology for teaching the curriculum. They’re an excellent way to introduce students to engineering and building technology as well as focusing on hands-on learning and innovation.

“Implementing a Makerspace into a school can be challenging,” Ms. Dreher, told us, “you need funding, support, and materials. But with those elements, it can transform learning immensely. We’re proud to work with Discovery Education to help bring this resource to more schools.”

Educators who are leading the ‘maker movement’ in schools believe students, from every background, across the country, would benefit greatly. Not only does the movement enrich students in STEM disciplines, it also breaks down stereotypes, closes the diversity gap, and is empowering the next generation. They encourage them to learn not just by watching, but by doing – to not only consume, but also create.

This fall we will bring you twelve teams of students from around the country for our College v. College competition. Make48 was created to educate the world about invention, from planning, prototyping and marketing- and partnering with educational institutions around the nation seems like a perfect fit.

Innovation Generation aims to engage and excite educators and students in grades 6-10 and empower the makers within so make sure to VOTE for the school or schools you think deserves this amazing opportunity. Don’t miss out, the contest closes March 5, 2019!

 

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