Expanding Maker education resources IN public schools
Making Spaces is an exciting partnership with the Bubbler at Madison Public Library and the Madison Metropolitan School District. Started in 2017 in collaboration with Maker Ed, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, and Google Making & Science, Making Spaces supports the expansion of maker education in public schools.
With current funding provided by Schmidt Futures, the Bubbler at Madison Public Library helps cultivate the future of making and learning in Madison public schools through:
- targeted professional development for a variety of maker educators
- connections to artists, experts, & makers in the community
- support around implementation & assessment of maker programs in classrooms
We are excited to join Madison Metropolitan School District and the Foundation from Madison Public Schools in supporting this innovative project fostering the our city's future creatives.
“We are delighted to support the Making Spaces initiative, Maker-centered learning can inspire students to excel in design, invention, STEM, and real-world problem-solving.” - Thomas Kalil, Chief Innovation Officer of Schmidt Futures.
"This partnership will provide opportunities and resources for not only our students but teachers to create spaces where students will gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. This partnership and skills that our students will acquire speak directly to our district's vision for all students – that they will not only graduate but graduate with the skills and abilities to be successful in college, career, and community,” - TJ McCray, Director of Instructional Tech & Media Services MMSD
Learn more about 2017-18 Making Spaces Schools
With your support, we will be able to equip our enterprising student media club and elementary broadcast journalists with actual film and sound equipment that matches their enthusiasm and supports their huge ambitions and personalized learning goals. We will also be able to engage our students in Wednesday Choice clubs around gardening, sewing, cooking, and woodworking providing positive ways our students can give back to their communities!
Read more here!
Toki Middle School
At Toki Middle School, we thrive!
Building on our existing library maker space, we will expand our materials, but also our knowledge base through professional development for our teachers to incorporate making and learning across all disciplines.
WHITEHORSE MIDDLE SCHOOL
With your support, we will expand our maker programs and connect our students with the broader Madison community of makers through a new artist in residence program, inviting artists (and parents!) to share their craft with students.
Each Wednesday, Whitehorse Librarian Ms. MC hosts 30-40 students in her after-school maker club, providing the opportunity for them to tinker, build, and explore.
We believe our school community - young and old - deserves the access and opportunity to be: empowered, collaborative, connected and, creative.
We will design, take risks, make mistakes and solve problems. Through play, tinkering, and experimentation, we will demonstrate critical thinking, make meaning, and share understanding in this space and throughout our school.
With your support we will continue to develop our collaborative studio space with an artist in residence program, providing opportunities for students to succeed when they are given the agency to be artists, inventors, and problem solvers.
Huegel Elementary is excited to build on it's experiences with mini residencies with community members to give their students diverse experiences.
CAPITAL HIGH SCHOOL
With your support, we will build making and learning outside our four walls with field trip and internship opportunities to empower our students to discover new paths for their education.
Capital High is hoping to support its students with opportunities through:
- Artist residencies
- Internships in industry
- Studio workshops and recording