In the past few years, makerspaces have become much more common in educational settings. No longer just a part of hackerspaces and fablabs, makerspaces can now be found in a variety of learning environments, from classrooms in preschools to STEM labs in elementary schools and art studios on college campuses.
A growing number of educators and school administrators are beginning to realize that makerspaces can make a huge impact on student learning and school culture. As a result, many schools have added makerspaces to their library. This kind of mentality is in itself revolutionary, since school libraries are traditionally thought of as being quiet, tidy spaces for individual learning. However, more and more, research is showing that students learn best when they can work in a collaborative environment and participate in hands-on activities.
3 Reasons You Should Consider Adding a Makerspace to Your School Library
Adding a makerspace to your school library can have tremendous benefits for your school and students. Below, we’ve discussed some of the advantages.
Equal Access to Resources
State budget cuts have made it increasingly difficult for schools to purchase supplies and equipment for every classroom. Often, teachers take it upon themselves to purchase the materials their class needs. This means that some classes may have better access to resources than others. A makerspace provides a way to share resources and make sure that all students have access to the tools they need to be successful. Teachers can bring their class to the school library for hands-on projects instead of having to purchase supplies and equipment for their classroom. This creates a win-win situation for everyone involved.
There is a reason that so many schools are shifting away from traditional lecture models of teaching and starting to integrate more collaborative and hands-on learning projects. When students can work together through the process of making, they develop important intellectual and life skills. Social skills are built as they learn how to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with their peers. Higher level thinking skills are developed as they try to analyze, apply, and understand the concepts they’ve learned in class. Makerspace stations provide an area where developing all these skills at the same time becomes intrinsic and natural through the process of creating.
More Interest in Reading
Some librarians worry that adding a makerspace to their school library will take interest away from books and reading. However, there are many case studies that have proven the exact opposite to be quite true. Libraries that have makerspaces become more attractive to students who struggle with or lack interest in reading. Students spend more time in the library and stop by shelves with books on their way in and out. In this way, school libraries become more inclusive and enticing.
Add a Makerspace to Your School Library
If you’re interested in adding a makerspace to your school library, the team at the Supple Collection would be happy to help. Start the discussion by calling or emailing us today.