Provide St. Leo with a functional makerspace that supports hands-on education. Create opportunities for the community to create the space to facilitate learning, ownership, personal investment and long term sustainability. Create a space that is flexible and improvable as the St. Leo community grows and evolves the space.
Following the spirit of iteration and innovation, we propose a truly modular space. A space that can adapt to any teacher and any class’s needs and structures that can be easily copied, assembled or disassembled as the community learns more about its wants and needs. Everything is on wheels and can be rearranged to meet the needs of the students on the fly. We’ve also designed rolling walls that will hold whiteboards for brainstorming and green screens for teacher and student use.
In hopes of encouraging the makerspace to spread out, or to other classrooms, everything is designed with a max depth of 30 inches, allowing every part of the makerspace to roll through any doorway if needed.
Below is an ariel view of the space with all the furniture out and ready for a large group of students. See the attached fly-through for an even closer look at the set up.
Items to Create
Given the modular nature of the space being created, we’ve designed modular storage to match. Each shelf can be removed so that objects of all different heights can be stored. These are deep and wide enough for most art or maker projects. We have included 9 storage units, one for each grade-level class.
Tables need to support work both inside and outside of the maker space. Mounting them on heavy-duty total locking casters will allow them to travel in and out of the space freely, while also giving them the ability to be extremely stable when they need to be stable for student and teacher work. We have designed the tables at 2 heights, the lower (24″) of which nests under the higher (32″). The design includes 6 of each size table.
Rolling Display and Green Screen Walls:
The 3 walls are on wheels allowing for small groups to utilize them independently, or they can be used by the whole class. Two walls will have a removable green screen panel.
Students will be trained on power tool use and safety (primarily drills). From there we break out into teams and each team takes on the building of different projects. Pieces are mostly pre-cut and ready for assembly. Blueprints and guidance are provided by us. We will also engage kids, and faculty whenever they have their own idea for how to improve the space or the building process.