But most schools do a pretty good job of stopping them. Which is a shame. Because when you make something, you take ownership of your own learning in an intensely powerful and meaningful way.
KCS has embraced the Maker Movement across all our grades. Our Kindergarten students create art from natural objects found in our outdoor classroom and build simple woodworking projects with hammers and screwdrivers. On the other end of the spectrum, our Grade 6, 7 and 8 students use sophisticated online design tools and 3D printers to create a wide range of unique tools and devices. And in between, students are creating everything from videogames to LEGO robots to novels to films to… well, you name it, they’re making it!
By using our school as a Makerspace, students are challenged to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills. And since most projects are team-based, they also learn to work as a collaborative and cohesive group – essential skills for the times we live in.
So don’t be surprised if your child comes home with a passion for exploring new ideas, sketching out plans, and creating innovative solutions to tricky problems. Because that’s what making is all about!