MAKING AWESOME KNOWLEDGE-BUILDING EXPERIENCES
The MAKE Lab is a collaborative space facilitated by Dr. Shaunna Smith in the Educational Technology program area of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at Texas State University. Inspired by how The Tinkering Studio at The Exploratorium in San Francisco fuses art, science, and technology, Dr. Smith sought ways to bring these hands-on makerspace experiences to teachers and students in the San Marcos, TX area.
Designed as an educational makerspace, The MAKE Lab supports College of Education students in exploring the instructional issues of integrating inexpensive technologies to facilitate brainstorming, tinkering, playing, learning, and art creation that support multidisciplinary learning. Additionally serving as a mobile makerspace, The MAKE Lab is brought to various locations throughout the San Marcos area to support community engagement with hands-on activities and workshops using design-based learning strategies. Honoring the notion of both the strategic and serendipitous design that takes place as people engage in hands-on making that is personally meaningful and expressive, The MAKE Lab asks makers of all ages to proceed with curiosity and MAKE something awesome!
HOW TO USE THIS WEBSITE
We freely share all of our activities on this website. Check out our tips for “Getting Started with Making”, which includes setting up spaces, activities, and facilitating learning. View the “Projects” page in the top menu to see examples of our activities, which each include thematic engagement suggestions, materials lists, instructions, and educational resources. Alternatively, you can use the “Search” feature at the top of the page or the “Categories” drop-down list at the bottom of the page to explore activities using keyword topics arranged by content areas, tools, and techniques.
<- Here is Dr. Smith with her number one teaching assistant, her daughter Nadia.