The Makerspace has officially opened and we are declaring it a success! Around 100 students joined us on September 23 to launch the space. There was talking. There was 3-D printing. There was collaborating. There was pizza. It was great.
Students loved the enormous whiteboard wall on the left side of the room, covering it with doodles and drawings and club ideas from the moment they walked it. You can check it out in its full glory below (the designs have probably morphed and changed at least 8 times since then). The PA Maker Club had the 3-D printer going and were happy to talk people through the process. Caroline Nolan and Eric Roland from The Tang Institute also stopped by, cementing the idea that this is where ideas can become reality. Collaboration is key!
After inhaling 30 pizzas (way to go for it, everybody) and a brief intro from OWHL Director Mike Barker, the kids broke up into groups to come up with a new name for the space. After all, “Phillips Academy Makerspace” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. Armed with sticky notes and Sharpies, students brainstormed and wordsmithed for the rest of the evening. The result? The new name?
The Nest. It’s where ideas are hatched. Where students let their ideas fly. Where everyone is welcome.
Welcome to the Nest. Stay tuned.