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 GatorMaker logoMakerSpace Vision

Provide a safe, collaborative environment for Gator Makers emphasizing hands-on learning, open-ended creativity and problem-solving to help them better understand, apply and be prepared for current and future STEAM-based curricula and related opportunities.

Jackie Nam, MakerSpace Teacher Lead
Julie Fields, Co-Chair, Maker Space
two children with goggles making things

Our Philosophy for MakerSpace and Gator Makers

  • Believe you can make whatever you can imagine
  • Seek opportunities to learn new things
  • Encourage other Gator Makers
  • Celebrate openness, inclusion, & generosity
  • Value the 5 C’s:
    • Creativity
    • Collaboration
    • Critical Thinking
    • Communication
    • Character

Reasons MakerSpace Is Awesome!

It is important to understand that allowing children to be “Makers” opens the doors to personalized and authentic learning. Here is a list of positive qualities to consider about the Makers Movement:
  1. Allows for student intrinsic motivation and self-directed learning
  2. Supports students in natural connection toward the facilitation of 4 C’s
  3. Engages students in significant content by allowing for connections to curriculum
  4. Immerses students in experiences that promote the idea of flow
  5. Provides students opportunities that allow then to fail in order to succeed
  6. Emphasizes the importance of process over outcome
  7. Amplifies or introduces to students the components of a school STEM (STEAM) disciplines
  8. Provides for student opportunities to enhance Project, Problem, Design, Inquiry, and Challenge Based Learning
  9. Promotes student literacy through writing, reflecting, and journal writing while Making in specific subject areas
  10. Engages students in relevance and connections through a authentic learning experience
  11. Promotes service student learning by identifying and inventing solutions to local and world problems
  12. Allows students to see the importance and value of the arts
  13. Allows students to be a part of partnerships between school, home, and community
  14. Creates opportunities for students to be producers of content and products
  15. Facilitates the idea of entrepreneurship through innovation
  16. Provides students an opportunity to connect with college and career opportunities
  17. Allows for student mentorship between students and also between community and students
  18. Gives students the opportunity to learn through kinesthetic opportunities
  19. Introduces students to the iterative process for problem solving
  20. Supports student inquiry by relaying the importance of good questions and continued questioning

Want to Help?

There are many ways to help MakerSpace:
  • Volunteer during your child's time in MakerSpace
  • Donate materials
  • Share knowledge: Create a Maker Movie
  • Chaperone field trip: Travel to Maker Places
If you have an idea, questions or want to get more information about how you can help the MakerSpace Program, please contact Jackie Nam or Julie Fields.

Donating Materials to MakerSpace

Have some extra stuff in your garage? Any useful materials listed below are welcome and maybe Maker Space can help you make space to park your car!
Please consider donating any of the following (make sure they are clean with no rust):
  • Plastics: including containers, bottles, caps, yogurt cups
  • Cardboard: flat pieces or rolls, NOT BOXES
  • Craft items: beads, felt, fabric, rope, pipe cleaners
  • Take-apart stuff: keyboards, phones, any electronic or mechanical items (size of shoe box or smaller)
  • Tools: All tools welcome, but especially rubber mallets, drills, glue guns, dremels, screwdrivers, pliers (esp. jeweler’s needlenose)