Makerspaces, which are designed for hands-on, collaborative, creative work, are a fairly recent addition to some schools in Europe and worldwide. Teachers in 15 schools in nine countries, interviewed for this publication, described approaches to learning enabled by, or necessary in, makerspaces such as constructivist, inquiry learning, collaborative and project-based; with teachers coaching and supporting rather than teaching in a traditional way. In this publication, case study schools have identified four possible approaches to ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of their makerspaces.
The publication is divided into two parts:
Part One describes makerspaces and similar active learning environments, considers the benefits and challenges of makerspaces in schools and provides examples of how they can be used by students and teachers.
Part Two provides advice for schools related to planning, setting up and managing makerspaces plus examples of toolkits used for different types of makerspace activities.
Download the case studies:
- Agrupamento de Escolas de Freixo (Freixo Schools Cluster)
- Agrupamento de Escolas Fernando Casimiro Pereira da Silva Secondary School