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Our Makerspace

The Makerspace is an expansion of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) opportunities that teachers provide in their classrooms. The space cultivates creative ways for students to design, experiment, build and invent as they engage in science, engineering, art and tinkering. A family has donated a new 3-D printer which we are excited to begin using! Our school has worked hard to expand STEAM programs knowing they provide opportunities for critical thinking, problem-solving, independence, agency and cooperative learning. The Makerspace is a free-use space supported by the PTA, donations, and volunteers.

  • The Makerspace Lunch Club is a parent-supervised lunchtime period for upper-grade students to engage in creative independent and collaborative projects. The Lunch Club is a very popular program and is one of the most gratifying volunteer opportunities at Henry Ford. Students have the following to say: "I can't believe we get to come here!" "I'm so happy when I'm here." "I want to come every day." "Thank you so much for the Makerspace!" "I'm so excited, I don't know what to make!" "I don't want to leave."
  • Free after-school CS First and Scratch Coding Clubs are available to every grade when parent volunteers are available. 
  • Teachers are invited to use the space and materials for classroom activities. 

MAKERS ARE...

  1. CURIOUS 
     They explore. They pursue projects they find interesting.
  2. PLAYFUL 
    They work on projects that show whimsy and playfulness.
  3. WILLING TO TAKE ON RISK 
    They aren’t afraid to try new things.
  4. WILLING TO TAKE ON RESPONSIBILITIES
    They enjoy projects that can help others.
  5. PERSISTENT 
    They don’t give up easily.
  6. RESOURCEFUL
    They look for materials and ideas in unlikely places.
  7. WILLING TO SHARE 
    Share knowledge, tools and support for others.
  8. OPTIMISTIC 
    They believe they can make a difference in the world!

Coordinator: Rebecca Foutch

Needs: Parent Volunteers (no experience necessary)

Sign-up: To volunteer or donate materials, email steam@henryfordpta.org