During the school day the Mechatronics program is focused on academic reinforcement with students completing projects designed to teach a specific lesson. After-school MakerSpace Tuesdays for the upper grades is quite the opposite. This is a self-directed experience where students design and build what they think should exist. We are still working on the Space in MakerSpace, but in the meantime we started on the Maker bit and brought in some basic tools. Those tools needed assembly. While we want to be creative in our projects we are very by the book when it comes to tool assembly.
One local MakerSpace that has influenced us quite a bit is Autodesk's Pier 9. This clip shows what a MakerSpace can be. We are starting with small with a few tools, but watch up build our dreams in the coming years!