Guest blogger Paloma Garcia-Lopez, Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative, provides six strategies for funding a makerspace. Source: 6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace | Edutopia
The Georgetown School is home to Hanover County, Virginia’s alternative education programs for at-risk students. The school offers an academic setting where students are given an opportunity to continue their education through individualized instruction and personalized lesson plans. Integrated learning strategies promote self-efficacy, responsibility, reflective decision making, and civic duty. The Georgetown School, led by Principal Charles Stevens, helps students become independant thinkers and responsible citizens. Hanover 4-H offers regular mentoring and in-school maker programs to the students at The Georgetown School. The Georgetown School is also the home to the Hanover County Public Schools and Hanover 4-H Summer STEM…
The Afterschool and Summer Program at The Georgetown School in Hanover County, Virginia was sponsored by Cognizant’s flagship “Making The Future” Initiative, designed in conjunction with the New York Hall of Science and the Maker Education Intiative. Hanover County students in the Summer STEM Enrichment Program reinforced classroom learning with hands-on projects making solar, electric, and mechanical devices along with designing and programming robotics. The summer program at The Georgetown School returned a second year thanks to the sponsorship of Cognizant and the support of Dr. Jamelle Wilson, Superintendent of Hanover County Schools.
Scientists conduct experiments to find new knowledge. Engineers apply knowledge of science, technology, math, and the arts to solve problems. 4-H Makers learn about engineering design by taking on challenges, building prototypes, then looking for ways to improve on their designs. 4-H Maker programs facilitate an experiential learning process. Young Makers seek answers, rather than being given answers. In the experiential learning process the Maker becomes a facilitator for learning and becomes a co-learner. 4-H Makers believe in a positive youth development setting. Positive outcomes are the result of providing opportunities, choices, and support necessary for youth to fully participate.…
Henry Clay Elementary School in Ashland, Virginia, offers Hanover Preschool Initiative classes in addition to instructional programs for kindergarten through second grade. Henry Clay’s staff, led by Principal Teresa Keck, is committed to continuing excellence in a child-centered, adult-friendly learning environment. Henry Clay Elementary hosts an after school program for students sponsored by the Hanover County 4-H and the Prevention and Community Education Services of the Hanover County Community Services Board. Hanover 4-H Makers offers regular maker workshops during the after school program focused on STEM and the arts.
Mechanicsville Elementary School, located in Mechanicsville, Virginia, offers a preschool program and instruction for grades K-5. The faculty and staff, led by Dr. Amy Robinson, Principal, are dedicated to provide a quality education for every child in a safe, respectful, and nuturing environment. Mechanicsville Elementary hosts an after school program for students sponsored by the Hanover County 4-H and the Prevention and Community Education Services of the Hanover County Community Services Board. Hanover 4-H Makers offers regular maker workshops during the after school program focused on STEM and the arts.
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