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Opening the Window to Creativity at MPFS: Makerspace

Posted On: 3/14/2017 11:02 AM

With (as always) our students in mind, we have launched a social media campaign in support of our arts programs and of our vision of integrated arts education. For the next 33 days, supporters of MPFS, the arts, and primary education can contribute online via our Give Campus: The Arts at MPFS donation page to help us purchase tools and technologies from a wish list developed thoughtfully by T. Karen, T. Stefanie, and T. Donna. We've already raised $6,161 toward our $25,000 goal! After the campaign, will continue to fund this initiative through a fun and lively paddle raise at our Spring Auction on Friday, April 21. 

To keep you informed, each week, we'll post a news installment addressing our mission and our wish list within one arts discipline or focus. You can find tips to help spread the word about this campaign on the Fund the Arts at MPFS page of the Support section of our website. Thank you in advance for your support and for encouraging others to Be-Friend us!

The Makerspace is solely dedicated to encouraging students to innovate, problem-solve, and create. Here middle school students and 1st graders together decide to print a dragon (the school’s mascot) on the 3D printer.  In another corner of the Makerspace, a 3rd grader sits at a sewing machine making a cloth rocket ship while a few other students work together taking a part and learning about “the motherboard” of a computer with the help of their supervisor. While doing all of those things is part of everyday life at MPFS, this space is designed to give students the opportunity to be more open-ended with their creativity at their own pace and to have a wide variety of tools and materials at their disposal to inspire innovation. “The maker education approach to learning is highly individual yet lives within certain boundaries. It recognizes that no two students will learn the same concepts at the same rate. It even recognizes that some peripheral concepts may not be learned by all students. Yet students faced with a common challenge to design their own unique solutions will naturally come to some common understanding.” (Kurti, Kurti, & Fleming, 2014, para 4) 

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