Creative Kids explore their potential at Makerspace Day Camp

Wednesday 20 Jun

Toowoomba students with a love of design, technology and all things creative participated in the inaugural Makerspace Day Camp at Warwick Street Campus on Wednesday 22 March. A Makerspace is a place where students are encouraged to make, tinker, engineer, create, invent, design and wonder.

Concordia Lutheran College Teacher Librarian Dr Margy Heuschele has successfully implemented the Makerspace concept in Concordia’s Junior College, providing students with opportunities to explore their creative interests.

The program was expanded with Toowoomba students in Years 5 and 6 invited to participate in the Makerspace Day Camp. A group of 33 enthusiastic young “makers” signed up for the exciting initiative.

“We are intending to inspire students to be makers instead of consumers, to move from being passive users to active creators,” Dr Heuschele said.

“We are very excited to be holding our first Day Camp for students in Years 5 and 6 to gather in one place for a full day of making,” she said.

The Day Camp is designed to give students who are gifted in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas the opportunity to be immersed in the design process.

Students had the opportunity to work with experts in the field and be exposed to cutting edge technology.

“Makerspace gives students valuable time to explore, test ideas, find answers, solve problems and discover new ways of doing something,” Dr Heuschele said.

“During the design process, students will learn that making mistakes, accepting risks and taking multiple attempts are a necessary aspect of learning.”

There were seven activities for the students to choose from including creating an app, building lego robotics, designing a computer game and creating a wearable item or clothing or jewellery.