The Force is strong with students at Tabernacle Elementary School. Ahead of the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on Friday, students in each grade level designed and began crafting mobile makerspaces paying tribute to their favorite intergalactic characters: Darth Vader, C-3PO, Chewbecca, R2-D2 and BB8.
In traditional makerspaces, teachers bring their students into a community room stocked with tools handy for interactive projects. Tabernacle Elementary unveiled its “Collaboratory” room this year, which features a smartboard, 3-D printer, dry erase workstations, and countless supplies, like glue, markers, Popsicle sticks, sketch pads, yarn and paint. Classes have access to the Collaboratory once a week, but teachers will be able to reserve the mobile makerspace carts any time.
So called makerspaces in schools are becoming more popular as a spot dedicated to hands-on learning.