The Makerspace gets AHEAD

Learning Experience Coordinator Kate Bird has organised a number of secondary school visits to the Makerspace, which makes for a memorable student experience.

“Curtin AHEAD in School brings groups of school students to the campus to learn about university life. The students participate in a range of activities that expose them to the personal, academic and social opportunities available at university, with the aim to demystify the university environment and make university a realistic option.

As part of National Science Week 2017, four AHEAD schools spent an hour exploring the Makerspace. Schools included year 9 students from John Tonkin College, Warnbro Community High and Warwick SHS, and year 7-10 intensive English students from Lynwood SHS. A total of 127 students learned through making by exploring hands-on activities including badge making, and working with the Makey-Makey and Little Bits kits.

The Makerspace has provided an opportunity for students to take part in an interesting real life university experience and access materials and technologies they might not have access to at school. The workshops the Makerspace team have facilitated for AHEAD students have been well received by both school staff and students.”