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Creativity and Entrepreneurship: The Maker Space at Eagle Rock School

Creativity and Entrepreneurship: The Maker Space at Eagle Rock School

Eagle Rock School’s Maker Space exemplifies our unique approach to learning. Josh Morris, our Science Instructional Specialist, helms the Maker Space on campus, leading with a particular focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.). Josh’s mission is to create positive and memorable learning experiences for all Eagle Rock students and nurture their curiosity about the world.

A Space for Innovation

Hailing from a program with a strong hands-on design and carpentry component, Josh brought his passion for project-based learning and collaboration with him to Eagle Rock over two years ago. The Maker Space is a testament to his dedication. It's equipped with professional-grade tools, such as 3D printers, a laser cutter/engraver, Cricut vinyl cutter, a handheld CNC router, and even a woodshop. These resources offer students a creative playground to explore their ideas and bring them to life.

Josh often uses the Maker Space in his courses. In classes like "Birds, Bats, and Bees," students are encouraged to choose one of the organisms to research and build shelters in the woodshop. These shelters are then placed around the campus to enhance biodiversity, combining the principles of environmental science with hands-on craftsmanship. In "Get Amped," students construct passive amplifiers for phones while delving into the physics of sound. The added benefit is that students become proficient in using essential tools, fostering practical skills.

More Than a Classroom - A Club and Beyond

The Maker Space isn't limited to traditional classroom instruction. It extends its influence through clubs and extracurricular activities. Students engage in various projects, from making T-shirts to crafting stickers. Every student at Eagle Rock has the opportunity to take a course and access the Maker Space.

What sets the Maker Space apart is its focus on teaching industry-standard tools that go beyond basic software. It equips students with skills that are not just tool-specific but also highly applicable to their future endeavors. They learn how to create professional-quality work, whether it's designing posters, crafting products, or any other project they undertake.

Winter Fest and Entrepreneurial Ventures

Winter Fest at Eagle Rock is a celebration of creativity and entrepreneurship, thanks in part to students’ access to the Maker Space. Nia Dawson, Student Services Program Manager, spearheads this endeavor with her vast experience in the entrepreneurial space. Nia guides students through the process of creating a brand and creative business in preparation for a giant marketplace each winter on campus. Any student can participate and choose what they want to create. It's a hands-on lesson in storytelling as students build their businesses and brands around their creations.

Students work closely with Josh Morris in the Maker Space to develop logos and product packaging. These projects are framed as holiday gift opportunities, adding a sense of purpose and marketability to their creations. Students are given a budget to work with, teaching them valuable entrepreneurial skills, such as budgeting and understanding the concept of investment. Through Winter Fest and similar initiatives, Eagle Rock is not only fostering creativity but also empowering its students with essential life skills.

In conclusion, Eagle Rock School's Maker Space, under the guidance of passionate educators like Josh Morris and Nia Dawson, is more than just a room with tools; it's a hub of innovation and creativity. It's a place where students not only learn how to create but also how to transform their creations into tangible products and businesses. The Maker Space at Eagle Rock is a testament to our commitment to hands-on learning and our mission to empower students with skills that will serve them well beyond the classroom.