Sunday, March 26, 2017

New Event: Makerspace in GMA

Makerspace: Fostering Creativity and Innovation

We are transforming The Resource Centre to start Makerspace from the scratch. Our library will soon be getting transformed with creativity. Let us hope this new event will provide an outstanding opportunity for synergy in our new learning environment.

Feed the Soul: Let Creativity Speak.

A few things make us human beings different from any other species. One of the traits that make human beings unique is the power to think and create. 2000 years ago the famous philosopher Aristotle wrote, “We are rational animals pursuing knowledge for its own sake. We live by art and reasoning.”

Art is creativity and creativity is art. Ever since we learned to write we documented whatever was created in the form of art and writings. This later developed the idea of libraries to provide an organized access to a collection of materials for informational needs of individuals and groups. Libraries flourished all over the world and it evolved from time to time. If we look into the transition of libraries from clay tablets to digital tablets we come to know about the fascinating development libraries have undergone through ages and where it stands now. New tools and technologies have been invented and libraries we see now everywhere is undergoing revolutionary changes around the globe. Libraries are no more a space to stock books and circulate them. They are rather spaces of innovation and creativity. Makerspace is one such revolutionary change in the world of libraries. It is offering vast and exciting opportunities to the world of education.

What is a makerspace?

"A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.  These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, soldering irons and even sewing machines.  A makerspace however doesn’t need to include all of these machines or even any of them to be considered a makerspace.  If you have cardboard, legos and art supplies you’re in business.  It’s more of the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a makerspace.  These spaces are also helping to prepare those who need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence.  Some of the skills that are learned in a makerspace pertain to electronics, 3d printing, 3D modeling, coding, robotics and even woodworking,   Makerspaces are also fostering entrepreneurship and are being utilized as incubators and accelerators for business startups."

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The best way for students to learn is making them engaged. Different students have different capabilities. I strongly believe that there will be only very few students even if any who will not love to explore, innovate and create something of their own. They can identify the problems, find solutions, work on it, collaborate and communicate with peers. Difficult tasks which seem impossible will be much easier when it is a collective effort and problems get more structured and can be solved through multiple perspectives. When technology is integrated with foresight and intended for specific goals, it develops the potential of students in their learning in a unique and refined manner. Makerspace is one such technology where learning and creativity come closer together fostering skills and interest in learning.

Look out for some of our exciting and wonderful Makerspace events during this academic year.

Posted By Sreevidya Devanand

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