Makerspaces and Making Culture

Makerspaces and Making Culture in Independent Schools
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 1-3 p.m.

The Exploration Center, 932 Washington Street, Norwood, MA 02062

Complimentary Workshop (No Charge)
Register by e-mail to Paloma Herman (


“What are people referring to when they talk about the maker movement and how is that relevant to my school?” “We finally own high-tech what?” “I am a maker believer! How can I get my colleagues on board?”

The maker movement has evolved into a variety of forms and continues to be defined differently depending on school context. For this reason, EXPLO set out to gather concrete information about the implementation and usage of maker spaces, as well as the overarching culture that surrounds this type of teaching and learning.

Whether your school is full of skilled maker practitioners, or a novice, intrigued group, join EXPLO for an afternoon of maker-related dialogue. The session is designed to both provide findings from the recent AISNE/EXPLO Making and Makerspaces survey, and to cultivate conversations among participants. Educators will walk away with a snapshot of the climate of their peer schools: the basics of tools and equipment usage, stats on percentage of schools with makerspaces, how spaces are mainly utilized, level of teacher confidence and training, schools’ formal philosophies around making, assessments, particular challenges specific to maker education, and more. EXPLO will build upon the case for maker education with additional research. Afterward, participants will group up both to discuss successful maker projects from their classrooms and identify possible solutions to stated challenges. They will leave with next steps for furthering their unique goals with respect to making.

This session will:

  • Synthesize current maker climate findings from a wide sampling of independent schools
  • Share a sense of where your school fits in
  • Establish a case for making
  • Examine primary challenges in maker education, including assessment, tool use, prioritizing time in schedule, pedagogy and more.


  • Introductions
  • Maker Survey Highlights & Trends
  • A Case For Making
  • Project Sharing
  • Greatest Challenges Breakouts & Sharing
  • Next Steps

Complimentary Workshop (No Charge)
Register by e-mail to Paloma Herman (