Practiced globally, the Maker movement offers a seamless integration of skills, science, technology and creativity with a view to solve social problems or develop a product. Its interdisciplinary nature helps in developing thinking, engineering and creativity skills and paves the path for problem-solving, innovation and new career opportunities. Makerspaces have the ability to prepare people to thrive in the fourth industrial world where numerous jobs will become redundant, making way for new ones.
The HXLS Makerspace is a natural extension of its project based expeditionary curriculum. Through the Makerspace, the existing expeditions curriculum will have components of engineering, product building and design thinking protocols. The Makerspace at Heritage Xperiential Learning School (HXLS) will also provide students, teachers and parents with a
workspace where they can tinker with tools and technology to explore, learn and create prototype solutions to solve problems related to their passions. To ensure our students spark a revolution in the times to come, HXLS Makerspace will witness innovations in the making every day.
HXLS Makerspace bringing innovation into classrooms
The HXLS Makerspace is bringing innovation into classrooms by:
• Student agency: Equipping learners with abilities such as decision-making and accountability. • Sensitivity to design: Fostering sensitivity and creativity through teamwork, design thinking, tinkering and debugging. • Master ambiguity: Helping in problem-solving and adapting to change. • Embrace failure: Teaching through experiences and advocating the idea of 'learning by doing'.
• Creator, not consumer: Introducing learners with tools and technologies pertinent to the 21st century. • Cutting edge tools: Transforming learners into creators rather than being mere consumers.
HXLS MakerSpace Activities
• Tool Up SessionsTM: For the “Tool curious”, these sessions will allow participants to experience advanced technology and incorporate it in various designs with the help of tools. These sessions are open to both members and non-members of the HXLS Community and will take place during "after school" hours. • Imagination Station: Each month, a new area of focus will be introduced to challenge students to use technology and enhance the development of their abilities of Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creative (4Cs).
• Build Your Future ElectiveTM: This will be an option for students from Grade 8 to Grade 12 in which they can experiment with design principles to participate in challenges such as building towers, flying paper airplanes, 3D printing of real-life prototypes, creating augmented games, racing balloon-powered cars and so on. • Maker Saturdays: Families can come together on Saturdays to tinker, play, explore and create anything they wish. • Genius Hours : Middle Program students will take upon passion projects where they will spend one hour a week researching on topics they are curious about. Students will be challenged to make working prototypes of their ideas and encouraged to make use of tools introduced during Play Hours which include, 3D Printer, Laser Cutter, AR, Programming, Makey Makey etc • Maker-Centered CurriculumTM: An integrated standards based curriculum framework that integrates critical technology, digital, computational and engineering learning standards across 6 key strands: Digital Innovator, Digital Citizen, Digital Learner, Digital Collaborator and Computational Thinker.
• Wonder Hours: In the Junior Grades, students will tinker with 3D Pens and 3D Scanners. In addition, explore concepts of computing through CS unplugged classes.