Newton-Conover City Schools would like to thank the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for selecting NCMS as a winner for the Student Science Enrichment (SSEP) grant of $180,000, so we could develop an authentic hands-on, STEM after-school program for students in grades 6-8th to participate. Newton-Conover Middle School (NCMS), in partnership with the local community college, two universities, city manager, and chamber of commerce seeks to find a solution to address our community’s needs. This solution involves a series of makerspace challenges. A makerspace challenge is an inquiry-based problem where students work collaboratively to find innovative solutions to real-world problems, issues, or questions. The vision behind makerspace challenges is to prepare students for a future where “the jobs of today won’t exist tomorrow and where many of the jobs of tomorrow do not exist today.(1) Since technology plays a significant role in shaping the future, educators must be cognizant about how they are preparing their students to be future-ready. The makerspace challenges are rooted in developing good thinkers who can solve problems they may encounter in local STEM careers. Overall, the makerspace challenges seek to meet the following three goals: preparing students to be future-ready, providing opportunities for disadvantaged groups of students, developing STEM skills directly related to STEM careers.
(1) Andrew Heikkila : https://goo.gl/owoMtA