Lee Briggs, Toki Technology Teacher, is leading an innovative MSCR Afterschool Club at Toki Middle School called “Makerspace.”
Makerspace is a place where students are allowed to build creative projects for practical and artistic purposes. Participants use the tools, computers, programming, textiles, electronics and 3d printing materials in the Tech-Ed classroom for their own projects and interests.
The group is using their imagination to construct a range of resourceful projects. Two boys established a business where they build custom-made computer carts for teachers. The boys’ next goal is to make a website that showcases product features and reviews.
On Fridays, a group of 6th grade students handle repairs in school or small construction projects for teachers. This is, in part, a behavior intervention – the youth want to build a positive reputation, helping their teachers and being seen as 'good kids'. They have helped patch drywall, built shelves, restored a music stand and installed doorstops.
The group is also working on a go-cart. A few students wanted to build a go-cart and studied construction plans online. The cart came together quickly using scrap wood and leftover paint. The only financial investment was $20 for the wheels. The project evolved with the idea to use the cart for the Toki Marathon, an all-school running and fundraising event. This then led to the group to thinking of using it for a student who cannot run due to a mobility impairment. The team is arranging a relay team of students to help get him around the course. The participants have been constantly improving it making the steering better and installing brakes. Makerspace is putting positive energy and talents to good use after school. A similar club operates at Sherman Middle School.
This is one of many MSCR offers afterschool programs. Please go to www.mscr.org or call 608-204-3000 for more information.