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Makerspace Provides Outlet for Creators

 Valley Echo

 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.