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Thanks for the article. I'm

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Thanks for the article. I'm really interested in Maker spaces in education, especially implementing curriculum in to the mix. Adding structure to free design thinking seems like its not a good idea but would welcome any opinions and comments.

Elementary Computer Science advocate and teacher from BC, Canada

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There are other possible places for permanent maker spaces in schools as well. What about in the computer lab, with the desktops around the edges and a large table in the middle that could convert into a robot arena? What about a table in the middle of the library? If not, why not?

The way kids learn when building and programming robots has inspired me to teach more and more using robot-building. It provides kindergarten-like learning experience but in way bigger bodies, and with a similar amount of happiness.

Elementary Computer Science advocate and teacher from BC, Canada

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There are other possible maker spaces in schools as well. What about in the computer lab, with the desktops around the edges and a large table in the middle that could convert into a robot arena? What about a table in the middle of the library? If not, why not?

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

You make a great point

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Art rooms are definitely makerspaces. I'm sorry if you felt that the article marginalized you or ignored the hard work that art teachers do. Unfortunately, many schools do not have art rooms or art teachers, which leaves a definite gap.

How do you work with your school as the 'chief creativity officer?' I'd love to hear how your role as an art teacher has helped lead your school toward innovation. I would also love to hear how art teachers can balance the curriculum they teach with open exploration, which is something that I have wrangled with in my own classroom.

Thanks for your insight!

Artist/Art teacher

If a school has an ART room,

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If a school has an ART room, it already has a maker space This article reads as if this is a novel idea. Art rooms have been the innovation/creation/maker spaces for decades, and many still don't get the fact that the chief innovation and creativity officer in the school is the art teacher. While I whole-heartedly support this idea of a maker space, please acknowledge that some of us have been teaching this method of learning for years.
It is sad to think that resources and materials for making must be "stored away during the school day" and brought out only at certain times or after school. Let's not marginalize what may be the MOST important skill and approach to learning that students acquire through practice and the one area in which the U.S. can lead the world. Education needs to fearlessly open the doors to innovation in action!

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