The “hands-on DIY culture” of our time is making its way into schools’ classrooms through programs that encourage creativity, design-thinking and innovation.
These creative spaces become important tools for student learning by lending students an opportunity to explore their curiosity and ask questions. If teachers approach the learning spaces as more than ‘merely an elective,’ says Chris O’Brien, a former teacher who helps schools create maker and project-based learning spaces in New York City, then these spaces can be integrated to support class instruction.
A few of the issues that schools might face in integrating these creative spaces initially will include dismissive approaches to the usefulness of creative spaces, the ‘corporatized’ approach that might stunt the creative process altogether, and the financial limits on the availability and, in turn, effectiveness of these programs if they are only accessible only by upper and middle-class schools that can afford proper setups.
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