Making in the Classroom
Making is a process where a person designs something and makes it. The process involves analyzing a model catalog and manufacturing a model garment. The next step is to source raw materials for the clothing. Once the material has been sourced, it is time to determine the fabric supplier and the conditions for shipment. Afterward, the design process is divided into several steps: sample molding, tizado, progression, and sewing. Finally, a garment is packaged and labeled.
The tools used for classroom making are as varied as the students themselves. The tools are not required to be perfect, but the process of making is what drives learning and creativity. The tools and resources for making are available at MakerEd and the Exploratorium Tinkering Studio. A makerspace’s tool guide can also provide ideas on how to use 3D printers. Making is also a great way to introduce STEM lessons and encourage student interaction. A Makerspace is an environment where students can practice hands-on skills, gain confidence in their own ability, and learn through their own initiative.