The lab was developed so that students could learn new skills and have a space where they have opportunities to research, investigate and create in areas of individual interest.
The space has tools and expertise that supports students in engaging in many projects in deeper and more sophisticated ways. It is available to support all curriculum areas and students in their learning in school.
At Munich International School, the goal for making is to build on and complement the learning taking place in classrooms. It is also about giving students opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge they have learned in different contexts.
The focus for our Makers' Lab is in three parts:
Makers' Lab Tools and Applications
The “making” movement is about providing interdisciplinary integration of subjects to solve real world problems. This means students need to access knowledge and skills from many disciplines to complete tasks. It is also about differentiating learning for students and giving choice in the way they can show their understandings. In addition to teaching and learning, in order for our students to "make," we need to provide them with the tools, software and applications. In our Makers Lab, students have access to software applications such as Adobe Creative Suite including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, along with Cura, Fusion and TinkerCAD. Additionally, in the same space, students have access to state-of-the-art devices, allowing them to transfer their low- and/or high-fidelity designs from TinkerCAD, for instance, or Illustrator and build them out using one of our 3D-printers, laser-cutting and CNC machines, sewing machines and many more.