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Lake Tahoe School to unveil hands-on MakerSpace

Special to the Bonanza

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Led by the creative genius of Lake Tahoe School Maker Class teacher Russ Bradford, LTS this year repurposed various spaces within its 56,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility to make room for its very own 21st century MakerSpace.

The LTS MakerSpace will open its doors to the greater Tahoe community for a special “MakerSpace Magic Morning,” scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Conceived as both a service to Tahoe area parents and a “hands-on learning Open House,” the MakerSpace activity will feature opportunities for children to experience firsthand what makes Lake Tahoe School’s Maker Class so dynamic.

Participants will develop critical thinking skills by considering how to construct and finish a peg-built wren birdhouse out of pre-cut materials.

Other hands-on learning opportunities outside of the school’s MakerSpace will be available to participants, including an exciting “mystery offering” from LTS Elementary Science Teacher Wendy Losee.

“We wanted to offer more than a tour of our beautiful facility,” said LTS Director of Admissions Peyton Jobe. “We have something special in our MakerSpace, something unique to the schools in the Tahoe area, and we wanted to offer up our space and expertise to the community.”

MakerSpaces are on the move, transforming the way we view 21st century education in schools and communities, nationally and internationally, K-12 and beyond. Our love for creation and collaboration through technology are at the core of the MakerSpace movement.

In some schools, storage closets and wings of libraries and other underutilized spaces are being repurposed as MakerSpaces to support the development of 21st century skills of creation, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. Giving our students a competitive edge in a global economy is the ultimate goal.

They are hands-on environments where students can gather to work on engineering or media projects. Beyond schools, they can be found in community centers and public libraries. There is even a small chain of commercial MakerSpaces.

With 3D printers like the one in Lake Tahoe School’s MakerSpace becoming more affordable, students carrying their own (video) cameras in their pockets, and hands-on, project-based learning fully in vogue, the possibilities for MakerSpaces are practically limitless, and Lake Tahoe School is proud to be among the leaders in the MakerSpace movement.

This article was submitted to the Bonanza by Lake Tahoe School. Visit laketahoeschool.org to learn more.