GCAA Makerspace – Frequently Asked Questions

1)      Who are you?

I’m Andrew Goodin, GCAA’s Makerspace Facilitator!  I’ve been making all of my life.  One of my first big projects (age 6) was a cardboard robot with doorknob ears and light-up eyes that “played tic-tac-toe.”  I remember narrating in a robot voice, “If you put your ‘X’ in the top left space, put my ‘O’ in the top center space,” etc.  I soon realized that recording all 255,168 possible games would be far too much for 1 cassette tape, and so my design promptly changed to a trivia robot.  “What is the capital of New Hampshire?” 

I’m originally from Albuquerque, NM.  I studied chemistry in college, and taught chemistry for 5 years at Soldan International Studies HS.  I look forward to working with your student in the makerspace!

2)      What is a makerspace?

“Makerspaces are collaborative workshops where young people gain practical hands-on experience with new technologies and innovative processes to design and build projects. They provide a flexible environment where learning is made physical by applying science, technology, math, and creativity to solve problems and build things.” – Makerspace Playbook:  School Edition.

3)      When will students access the makerspace?

-During zero-hour.  7:00-7:50AM
-During study hall (with a signed Makerspace pass from the study hall teacher.)
-During class “flex time” (i.e. after a test, finished with an assignment, etc. with a signed Makerspace pass)
-As part of a scheduled class accompanied by a teacher (to utilize the space for a project)
-For middle school students with transportation needs from 2:30-3:00PM (see Mr. Frig for approval)

4)   Where is the makerspace?

The library, room B202.  Students should enter through the north door by Mr. Warren’s room.

5)   What’s happening to the library?

The books from the library have been consolidated to the south third of the room.  There is a good chunk of organized fiction.  I am hoping to find a volunteer to organize the rest soon.  Student library procedures will be developed shortly.

6)   Where can I learn more about the makerspace?

Stay tuned to this blog and follow us on Twitter: @gcaamakerspace

7)  Love it!  How can I help with the makerspace?

-Donate your “junk!”  For a list of items we need, visit http://tinyurl.com/makerjunk
-Promote our Makerspace Grant Program crowdfunding campaign: http://www.gofundme.com/makergrants


2 thoughts on “GCAA Makerspace – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Consider having your maker students design a library system? i know it might not necessarily be the physical realm that the makerspace normally dwells in but its making all the same. and its definitely a real world problem!

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