The makerspace philosophy: Learn by doing with agency, heart, and purpose
Boys can dream, make, think and do in our new makerspace. Through the powerful and iterative process of imagining a problem, designing solutions, repeatedly building and testing, and accomplishing a solution that is shared with a larger audience, boys develop creative confidence, persistence, and purpose. By teaching students the problem-solving tools and habits of mind to be change-makers and problem-identifiers, students build empathy while developing twenty first century skills.
What it looks like at Fenn:
The makerspace, in its fourth year at Fenn, is used in a variety of ways to complement the strong academic and arts programs we already have.
Three programs are highlighted in the pictures below: The IDEA Program, Design Thinking and Curriculum Integration, and Co-curricular Opportunities.
To read more about the Makerspace, please see our most recent FENN Magazine spotlight.
Design Thinking and Curriculum Integration
Using design thinking students become problem-identifiers, tackling real world problems through the design process to engineer solutions that will be shared with a larger audience. Working with faculty to integrate the design thinking process into lessons from traditional Fenn classes is another goal of the makerspace. This space allows faculty to bring their classes to a room that has equipment that is too specialized to duplicate in every classroom. It has space that is meant for doing hands-on projects and creating new things.
Afterschool classes and Upper School Activity blocks will be held in this space, providing an opportunity for students to be taught how to use the tools in the makerspace, and tackle design and engineering challenges. For upper-schoolers, they have an hour long activity block twice a week where we can offer programming in the makerspace specifically for those who are interested in these activities. Afterschool activities will be offered to Lower and Middle School students who have an earlier end to their school day. See the Friday Fenn bulletin for more information and sign up details.