Thursday, November 12, 2015

Welcome to our Journey!

For a long time I've been really interested in Makerspaces and STEAM education and the ways in which these can help our students become confident and capable learners and problem-solvers.  This year, after returning to teaching after a short break to complete my Masters in eLearning, I was fortunate enough to be able to learn alongside a group of amazing students at my school.  We are also incredibly lucky in that we have a Principal who encourages our creativity and wild ideas!  I've also been studying for a further post-grad qualification at The MindLab here in Auckland and this inspired me even further to see where my learners and I could head.  What were the possibilities?  What could we create within our school?

Cunning plans began to form...

Beginning to tell people about what we're up to in here!

Some of the team

Grabbing attention on our Agricultural Day...

We have an unused learning space and a budget to work with so I hatched the plan with my learners - how could we create a 'mini MindLab' at school and what would be our 'why'.  We always start with the 'why' in anything we are learning so we had to be very clear about our purpose for this.

We started by using the Design Thinking and Inquiry Learning processes and boy has it grown from there!!
We are writing our 'why' together and designing and creating an amazing learning space together. Together we are learning about flooring, painting, design, project management, purchasing furniture and resources, creating - and sticking to - a budget and so much more.

Included in this first post are photos of the space as it is, and some of the Creator Ops STEAM - our working title for the project at the moment.  There are also links to our collaborative planning and learning.

Although this is part of my research, it is first and foremost all about the learners and what we can create together.  So many of these spaces similar to ours are created by teachers.  This one is being created by the most important people together - the learners, which includes me.

Look out for many more posts detailing our progress and learning.  We've got a deadline - December 11 - which is our Prizegiving.

Stay tuned to keep up with our progress!

Link to our planning...


  1. Great!!! Look forward to seeing this space!!

  2. We're so excited Joyce! I think the best thing has been the phenomenal learning around what we're creating. Everything has been a combined learning journey.

  3. You have inspired me to go ahead with my own idea in designing a makerspace at my school. I will sure follow you for support. Great idea for learners' space.