This year Valley Christian Junior High has introduced the Maker Space Club, which meets after school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15pm in G127. Under the leadership of VCJH’s renaissance man Mr. Dwain Fairweather, the newest afterschool club is off to a hot start.
What is a Maker Space? “To describe them simply, maker spaces are community centers with tools. Maker spaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype, and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone. These spaces can take the form of loosely-organized individuals sharing space and tools, for-profit companies, non-profit corporations, organizations affiliated with or hosted within schools, universities or libraries, and more. All are united in the purpose of providing access to equipment, community, and education, and all are unique in exactly how they are arranged to fit the purposes of the community they serve.” (spaces.makerspace.com)
VCJH Maker Space provides a learning environment for students to gather and connect in community on real and personally meaningful projects. Students will work on projects of their own interest or participate in guided projects by mentors that teach the use of tools and immediately usable items.
Students are given the opportunity to challenge themselves and their creativity through utilizing a variety of tools, techniques, and disciplines. Under the direction of Mr. Fairweather, students are taught proper safety guidelines of all the materials before they can begin. Students then experiment, design, and create in all forms from soldering to woodworking.
According to Mr. Fairweather, "Students are using their creativity and ingenuity to create and build DIY projects like, a racing car simulator, making a dog bed using a recycled car tire, jewelry, soap spa, goo and slime, scooters, skate boards, replica crossbows, hover boards, and automated submersibles as well as other creative projects for their core classes. Their curiosity knows no limits—what a great place to be!”