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Makerspaces! What's Going on in RILINK Schools?: Introduction

This is an archived guide. The information is being kept for historical purposes only and is not updated.  

"Our hope is that the agents of change will be the students themselves." -- Makerspace Playbook School Edition, Spring 2013

In a Word

What is a makerspace? 

  • From "Makerspaces come in all shapes and sizes. They all serve as a gathering point for tools, projects, mentors and expertise. A collection of tools does not define a Makerspace. Rather, we define it by what it enables: making."
  • From this article: "[M]aker education is a branch of constructivist philosophy that views learning as a highly personal endeavor requiring the student, rather than the teacher, to initiate the learning process."
  • A place where education and creativity meet productivity and inquiry
  • Makerspaces enable learning, sharing, building, and producing in pursuit of a common goal

The following RILINK members will also share their makerspace experiences and insight.

Phyllis Humphrey, Archie R. Cole Middle School, East Greenwich

Marianne Mirando, Westerly High School

Susan Murphy, Feinstein Middle School of Coventry

Terri Spisso, Ponaganset High School