Rachel Mele '17
1 February 2017
Technology is the center of our world these days. With the newly added STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) department , we have introduced a Makerspace. Passaic Valley joins many other schools around the world to take part in creating Makerspaces in their libraries to enhance education in the field of technology.
The Makerspace is a place to create, to invent, and to learn. Makerspaces are usually house 3D printers, different electronic devices, tools, hardware supplies, and much more. Located in a room adjacent to the library, the Makerspace is equipped with Virtual Reality glasses, a 3D printer, and a hologram.
This 21st cenrtury space is an updated version of the hands on math and science oriented Makerspace that was started in the early 2000’s. The new room is intended to give students a real time technological foundation by supplying many ‘DIY’ (do it yourself) projects.
Some of the minds behind the Makerspace include IT supervisor Mr. Anthony Meluso, STEM assistant principal Mrs. Patricia Lynch, and supervisor of STEM, Mr. Mike Carlucci.
Though the minds that help make this idea concrete are the students. Seniors Zach Bleeker and Ravi Rana have helped out in the Makerspace by reaching out to the students, trying to spread awareness and getting others involved and exposed to the Makerspace and the technology it provides.
Zach Bleeker said, “Students who have visited the Makerspace have mostly never seen or used technology like the 3D printer or the Virtual Reality glasses. So it’s important for them to be exposed to it.” The need for students to enter engineering is at an all-time high, making the Makerspace a crucial part of the engineering world.
“Technology is a way of life these days, and the Makerspace is the perfect tool to help acclimate people into it. The Makerspace promotes a new effort to make our school more STEM focused,” Bleeker added.
We can only imagine the future regarding technology. Mr.Meluso said. ”We hope to make programming or an intro to computer programming a course in the future, though it is a slow process.”
He also wants students to come to the Makerspace during their lunch periods to become familiar with the technology. With a total of over 1,300 Makerspaces worldwide, we can only hope to educate the future of America in engineering along with other science and math related fields.