Makerspace sessions make the 2016 President's Report

Faculty of Education

Jan 17th, 2017

Marcia Porter

Prof. David Gill and Dr. Gerald Galway

The Faculty of Education's makerspace partnership sessions last fall are highlighted in the 2016 edition of the President's Report!

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Miss the scent of sawdust and woodchips from your days in junior and senior high school industrial arts labs? Want to create something cool with a 3D printer?

Then the Faculty of Education's makerspace sessions coming up next month are just for you.

DIY space

A makerspace is a collaborative work space, for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no-tech tools.

From left, Prof. David Gill and Dr. Gerald Galway in the Technology Education Centre.Photo: Chris Hammond

Faculty of Education members Dr. Gerald Galway and Prof. David Gill are offering makerspace sessions in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Eastern School District and the College of the North Atlantic, with support from a Memorial public engagement grant.

Traditional practice

In generations past, the process of making things used to be an everyday activity in both school and at home. The practice is enjoying a resurgence, and has led to the establishment of makerspaces across a range of public spaces from schools and libraries to colleges and universities.

By "making things," Dr. Galway and Prof. Gill mean pretty much anything that you can make in a modern day technology space with fabrication equipment such as 3D printers, electronics and woodworking tools.

Prof. Gill, who teaches in the technology education program, sees the sessions as an excellent field experience for his students.

"We like to see our students engaging in experiential learning activities wherever we can create them," he said.

Pre-service teachers will host and run the sessions following their first teaching internships in the faculty's Technology Education Centre.

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