In 2015 the Lytton High Board of Trustees allocated funds towards the building of a MakerSpace to support 21st Century Learning at Lytton High.
MakerSpace provides hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. A MakerSpace is not solely a science lab, woodshop, computer lab or art room, but a combination of all of these elements where individuals can express their ideas that were often unattainable before.
2016 has seen the MakerSpace take off with the introduction of timetabled classes making use of it. We currently have a Year 9 course called Go Create making personalised products for themselves, whanau and friends. There is also a science based class using the MakerSpace looking at the life cycle of products with the intention to reduce our carbon footprint and create our own useful items or products rather than importing them along with their packaging and waste. The class name Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, has come from the MakerSpace’s ability to turn waste into a useful product.
The MakerSpace Club is run after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays during term time. It has a school project based theme and individuals involved work together pooling their ideas to gain the best outcome for the task at hand.
In 2017 the MakerSpace will take on a bigger role in the junior school with Year 9 and Year 10 classes being offered. With more students being exposed to the capabilities of the MakerSpace, it won’t be long before individuals are turning into entrepreneurs and selling their products at local markets.