Maker Lab - Shandong Zibo High-tech Zone Second Primary School
The key of maker education lies in innovation. For schools, maker education is not the just application of knowledge in a certain aspect, but also establishing a practical system to cultivate students' innovative capabilities. It originates from the inner demand of students' personality development and echoes with the general trend of the times. Maker education aims to cultivate students' comprehensive ability to raise questions, analyze problems, solve problems, and get hands-on experiences. It has initially integrated the whole process of scientific research, technical production, and artistic creation, and can cultivate students' active exploring spirit, critical thinking, independent innovation ability, cooperative research ability, language expression ability, and artistic creation ability, etc. Maker space can provide powerful assistance and support for students’ innovative applications, rather than provide simple training. At the same time, teamwork should be valued to encourage exchanges of thoughts and generate innovative ideas, which can be turned into reality with the support of all functional areas in the maker space.
In order to promote the maker education, the school prepares the National Internet + Joint Education of Family and School Conference, and introduces the DOBOT robotic arms into classes to embed STEAM education into the curriculum at the primary school stage. By learning how to use a robot arm to 3D print, laser engrave, write and draw, pick and place objects, etc., learners can enhance their hands-on ability and cultivate innovative spirits to get a grasp of the future of automation.
Artificial intelligence education is the focus of future education. The sooner students access it, the more competitive edges they will get. Compared with traditional courses, students are more interested in artificial intelligence ones. The school has conducted related teaching for half a year, mainly in the form of associations and targeting third and fourth-grade students. Many students join relevant courses, get very excited when achieving great results in competitions, and their learning attitudes are greatly improved.