The space I chose to visit is in the middle/upper school library at my school. It is one of three makerspaces we have on campus. A few years ago our librarian decided to redesign the whole library space and she created an area where students could come and work on projects for their classes or just to satisfy their personal desire to create something. I am sharing just one picture which is a snapshot in time and cannot fully express all the different kinds of activites that happen in this area. Students use the materials and tools in the cupboards and on the shelves (not shown in this picture) to sew, 3D print, print posters, build with all kinds of materials (cardboard, LEGOs, wood, yarn, pipecleaners, etc.) work on electical circuits, … you name it.
The central tables and the tables around the area all serve as work spaces where students can work together or side by side. They see each other’s work, discuss each other’s work, and spawn new ideas for future work. The only changes I would make would be to replace the old wooden library chairs with new ones with wheels and to increase the amount of storage space for in-progress projects and display space for finished projects.
The area is usually occupied by full classes or by students who have a study hall or have requested to work here during class. This space has totally changed the atmosphere of the library. What was once a quiet study space is now a bustling center of activity. Something new is created and shared just about every day.