Project Manager: Lauren Bull
Mobile makerspaces give students and teachers access to a whole new range of materials and tools that were not available previously in the classroom. The technology they will have available in the carts –the audio/visual tools, robotics kits, 3D printer – will open new pathways of learning, and extend tasks beyond pencil and paper. The intent is not to thrust technology into old lesson plans, but rather enable new tasks and learning objectives that had not been possible before. As a library-led initiative, these mobile makerspaces will not be the domain or directive of any one department. Instead, they will serve as portable interdisciplinary bridges, providing opportunities for students and faculty to connect with each other through shared curiosity and common goals. Just as the library is for everyone, these makerspaces will be as well. However, use of these makerspaces need not be limited to the physical library itself. Given their mobile nature, maker- centred learning will be able take place wherever inspiration strikes, be it in the classroom or the theatre, the gym or the lab.