Through the use of new tools and technologies, especially Microbits, Arduino, miniature motors, 3-D printers, HP Reveal and a variety of cardboard-based products, the Maker Movement has the potential to entirely redefine how we learn both inside and outside the classroom in the STEAM subjects areas. At SWA’s Makers Club, our objective is to foster creativity in our members, and also to provide them with the skills and confidence to turn their ideas into reality.
Makers activities involve engaging with real-word problems and making items that are meaningful to oneself or to the community, addressing real-world needs. The process of creation develops a sense of agency, as well as a “can-do” spirit in students, and empowers them with the ability to shape their world. As well as providing students with opportunities to develop practical skills in coding and construction, we also aim to help students develop familiarity with the design cycle, as well as project management and the ability to work collaboratively.
These skills are of particular value to students as they develop projects for STEM Fairs, and especially for year 10 students, developing Personal Projects. Once a year, SWA Makers tie all students individual tasks from the school year together into a major project - typically an Escape Room.
The Makers Club is open to all students from grades 6 to 10, with older students acting as mentors to the newer members of the club. Makers Club intentionally designs learning experiences to be challenging and engaging, laying the groundwork for future achievements.
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