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COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – Many schools have adopted more creative learning tactics, including one that’s known as the “Makers Space” classroom where students are free to create and design whatever they want, while learning important lessons and skills.
.... at Glenwood Junior High School in Boardman, it’s only two weeks old. Glenwood already has 30 students in its club.
“Basically, you can use anything in this room to build anything you want,” said eighth grader Fatima Rehma.
She’s making a lamp and has to do a lot of measuring and math to make sure it comes out right.
Teddy Anzevino is making a Rubik’s Cube by using a 3D printer to make the pieces. He’s always enjoyed making things, but says the Rubik’s Cube is pretty complicated and takes a lot of fixing.
“It doesn’t come out perfect, so I have to fix it with a saw.”
Sometimes the corrections take two to three hours.
“I try to come as early as I can,” he said.
When the pieces were not properly aligned on the 3D printing software, Anzevino had to fix them again.
“We brought it back in, he made his adjustment, test printed again, and then we printed all those parts and everything seems to be working okay,” said Tim Harker, a technology teacher at Glenwood.
Kids at both schools like the creative freedom Makers Space brings.
“It’s a different way of learning, and I don’t think we’re teaching that way as much anymore with all the standardized testing,” Harker said. “They’re able to learn from failure, which is something that sounds a little odd, but it’s a big part of the engineering process.”
Being workforce ready, or proficient in an industry skill, is one way a student can graduate in Ohio. Makers Space classes can help students with that.
Glenwood Junior High has Makers Space at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, before school starts, and students still come. It’s so popular that the school is adding another meeting time on Thursday after school to get more students involved.