Creative Technology Center

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Creative Technology Center Vision Statement:

The Winchester High School Creative Technology Center is a place in the WHS Library for students and staff to come together, share ideas and come up with creative problem-solving solutions. The room  is designed to be flexible – with mobile furniture. We envision a combination of a lab, workshop and collaborative conference space which can be utilized by students and staff from different content areas, fostering a multidisciplinary way of thinking, and learning. This student-driven, creative space is equipped with tools that will help to aid students into hands-on learning approaches. Our goal is to help students to acquire collaborative strategies, critical thinking skills, and technical competencies in order to become independent life-long learners. This space will be equipped with high end technology such as Mac workstations, HD video cameras, green screen, 3-D printers,and a sound studio with mixing boards, audio software and microphones. The Creative Technology center is research driven and encourages work at the intersection of culture, education, design and technology.

Design Ideas

Workspace: Clean, safe, minimalist design, flexible and comfortable

  • Large mobile workshop tables and stools allow working comfortably and collaboratively
  • Floor to Ceiling White Board/Chalkboards/Storage space
  • Built-in Flat Files for paper
  • Mobile  carts for supplies
  • Dry erase surfaces for display and working
  • Boundless writable surfaces – ideas become the colors that fill the space, making it tactile
  • Limited furniture…openness helps spaces become active, energetic spaces

Resources: 

Maker Mindset by Dale Dougherty

https://llk.media.mit.edu/courses/readings/maker-mindset.pdf

Is It Time To Rebuild and Retool Public Libraries and Make Tech Shops?

http://makezine.com/2011/03/10/is-it-time-to-rebuild-retool-public-libraries-and-make-techshops/

The Makings of Maker Spaces, Part 1: Space for Creation, Not Just Consumption by  Lauren Britton

http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/10/public-services/the-makings-of-maker-spaces-part-1-space-for-creation-not-just-consumption/

Makerspace Overviews and ‘Maker Movement’:

The Maker Mindset

Is it Time to Rebuild and Retool Public Libraries and Make Tech Shops?

Space for Creation, not just Consumption

A Fabulous Home for Co-creation

Designed for Tinkering

Makerspaces within Public Libraries: Different Approaches

Westport Library Makerspace

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0LkGJFjh38#t=104

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