With REF's investment, Makerspaces grew from one pilot program to dedicated sites at six schools. This year, every Ravenswood teacher and student will be able to collaborate and explore engineering, drawing, design, coding and robotics.
A new Science Engineering Coordinator, supported by five Site Tinkerers, facilitates class visits and helps integrate design- thinking, building and engineering activities into regular class time.
Makerspaces have also served as a vehicle for the district to engage Ravenswood parents and the surrounding community. Through cafecitos and other parent gatherings, parents can visit the Makerspaces and better understand their children's learning experiences.
This year, thirty-five volunteers from the local community provided instruction and technical support for the Makerspace sites. Thanks to volunteer supervision, kids can drop in at lunch- time and create wonders with blocks, Legos, duct tape, robots, 3-D printers and more.