A very fun project will be underway shortly here in the MS Maker Space. One item that seems to missing and that will make the space a bit more organized is storage. So after looking for some storage to buy, I came to a realization that this is a Maker Space and that we should be building our own storage. Isn’t that the true essence of a Maker Space in the first place?
With the possibilities of a number of options for storage, I decided on a storage unit that will not allow only functionality but practicality. This storage unit will serve two purposes: 1. a storage unit for student materials/projects and 2. a bench for students or onlookers to use while in the space.
Mr. Jacobs has graciously agreed to help me with this project. We looked at the scheme and decided that it not only was very doable for us but also very doable for the students. We are working to get a plan together to meet with the students to measure out the materials and to come up with a plan to put this storage unit together.
With all this in mind, we are not going to have the students jump right in and work with power tools. We will be doing the all of the cutting/drilling and any other major part of the project for now, but the students involved will be learning as we go. The ultimate outcome would be to have the students earn a badge so that we know that they have learned how to use some of the tools of the trade.
Ultimately, this is the way that this space will run. Students will need to be tested before they use a tool. Granted, not all tools will require a test of skill, but all power tools will be tested, learned and earned.
We are really excited about this opportunity to build this project. Pam Nosbusch knows that both Mr. Jacobs and I are really excited to get this space moving. As she stated in an email, “You two are like two kids in a candy store!”