Makerspace at Salesian College

What is Makerspace?

In schools a Makerspace can be any space where students come together to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. They are typically places where students and teachers learn together through direct experience with an assortment of high and low tech materials. In the makerspace, people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build in a community environment. Expert advisors may be available some of the time, but often students get help from other users or create their own solutions to problems.  Projects can spring from various disciplines including robotics, coding, the arts, multimedia and game creation.

What are the benefits of Makerspace?

In a Makerspace students learn:

  • By making things themselves
  • Making mistakes and by solving their own real-life problems
  • Collaboration with their friends
  • New skills and teach their peers
  • To self-direct and make choices
  • Pursuing their interests and passions.

How will Makerspace operate at Salesian College?

Initially, our Makerspace will:

  • Have an especial focus on coding and robotics
  • Be limited to boys in Years 7 and 8
  • Enable boys to enter a Salesian College Robocup
  • See interested boys to progress to the statewide Robocup competition
  • Be open in N102 during Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunch breaks
  • Be overseen by a group of volunteer staff.

Our Makerspace will subsequently broaden by:

  • Relocating to the Applied Learning Centre when it is completed
  • Being open to boys in all year levels
  • Allowing boys to make things using 3D printers, paper, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, MaKey MaKey, Scratch, animation software
  • Enabling boys to make their own products including: an automated pet feeder; a treasure box which opens using facial recognition; remote controlled planes; a customised picture frame; a multi-room music player; a talking toy; their own microwave……….
  • Going where the boys want it to go.

Neil Carter
Deputy Principal