"... [A] space where kids have the opportunity to make - a place where some tools, materials, and enough expertise can get them started. These places, called makerspaces, share some aspects of the shop class, home economics class, the art studio and science labs. In effect, a makerspace is a physical mash-up of different places that allows makers and projects to integrate these different kinds of skills."
- Dale Dougherty, The Maker Mindset, in
Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation
of STEM Innovators
At the end of the hall upstairs, PNA has a large collection sewing machines, filming equipment, shelves full of art supplies and circuitry sets, tubs of fabric, clay, Legos and recycled cardboard and plastics.
This is PNA's Makerspace.
Create Academy, our innovative STEM-based summer camp, brought the maker movement to PNA and we are thrilled to have this resource available to our students and faculty. Working together while inventing and designing fosters a highly collaborative learning dynamic that is excellent for team efforts, peer support, advice, and assistance. The Makerspace is a fantastical space for kids and adults alike to discover (and rediscover!) their abilities to design and create what they want to see or use as opposed to just buying it.
What are the plans for the future? Makerspaces are an integral part of successful project-based learning programs and STEM education. So as Create Academy and PBL at PNA mature, the Makerspace with evolve right along with them. We are already working on creating on the second phase...stay tuned!
sneak a peek in our doors...
Pacific Northern Academy is located at 9251 Lake Otis Parkway in Anchorage, Alaska. While we lease our building from Abbott Loop Community Church, we are not a religious school and are not affiliated with Abbot Loop Community Church.