Kids get creative with MakerSpace

November 10, 2017
Melanie Subratie (left), chairperson Musson Foundation, cuts the ribbon to open the MakerSpace at the American International School of Kingston with Oliver and Jacob Scott - grandchildren of Desmond Blades - and their mother Jennifer Scott.

 

The American International School of Kingston's (AISK) board of trustees, teachers, staff members and parents gathered last week in commemoration of the official opening of the school's state of the art MakerSpace that was contributed by the Musson Foundation.

MakerSpaces are essentially collaborative creative spaces where students can during formal class instruction or on their own time create, explore and experience experimental learning outside of traditional classroom. They are designed to create and foster how children think versus what they are taught to think, in aid of developing growth mindset.

Shani Reid, director of marketing and communications at AISK noted that "at AISK we strongly believe in critical thinking. This is accomplished through investing in how our children learn, specifically their tools and ways of working. We know our curriculum is learning reimagined. The MakerSpace is a strong focal point of our new STEM curriculum through Grades three and five, and the students are loving it. They are building aquariums, pizza ovens, working on conservation projects and are invested, while taking pride in their own learning."

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