Maria Procopio – Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
A makerspace will provide students with hands-on S.T.E.A.M. opportunities to create, build, design and learn. It will further strengthen our rigorous academic program and provide learning experiences that stimulate students’ interests and prepare them for high school. The space will be designed for flexibility and creativity, and will have work benches, portable tables, stools, and white boards. The room will be equipped with a vast array of supplies, tools, equipment, computers, robotics kits, and raw materials. Makerspaces typically have Legos, K’NEX, Qubits, circuitry, coding software, batteries, play dough, electrical engineering gear, and recycled materials. Many makerspaces have laser cutters, woodworking equipment, and drills. It will also house our 3D printer. A makerspace is not solely a science lab, woodshop, computer lab or art room, but it may contain elements of all of these. Diversity and cross-pollination of activities are critical to the design, making and exploration process, and they are what set makerspaces apart from single-use spaces. Students can engage in digital fabrication, prototyping, electronics, robotics, building kinetic machines, textiles and sewing. We have a connection with NASA and will endeavor to have our students build and launch a satellite into space!