Demystifying Maker Spaces

Photo of Kids in a Maker Space

As a national leader in informal STEM learning, The Franklin Institute will guide you in transforming your classroom, library, or community center into a meaningful informal STEM space.

Choose the program that is right for you.

CORE WORKSHOPS (5 hours each) 

Part 1 - What is a Maker Space?
Learn about the history and philosophy of the maker movement, and experience accessible open-ended STEM activities that highlight meaningful facilitation strategies with simple materials.

Part 2 - Fostering a Maker Mindset
Dive deeper into the “maker” mindset as a facilitator rather than a traditional instructor, and learn how to support students’ ability to openly explore, test, and retest their ideas. This session features an exploration of the Electricity exhibit at The Franklin Institute with thematically aligned activities.

Part 3 - Preparing for Success in your Space
Establish a customized framework of expectations for student learning and teacher guidance in your STEM learning space. Begin adapting and creating curricula to be utilized in this space, and establishing measures of success.

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