A NATURAL MAKER SPACE
Students who learn in Natural Maker Spaces have no walls and often no predetermined classroom area (although some schools do have outdoor classrooms). The mission of the Natural Maker Space is to make learning and teaching experiential and contextual through activities that engage the mind, body and heart. Projects in these spaces are based on principles of inquiry and inclusion.
WHAT IS NATURAL MAKER SPACE
MAKER TOOLS & SPACES
Everything needed can be found around the school or in the neighborhood: trees, plants, birds, rocks, ponds, fields, flowers, mud, reptiles, insects, small animals… and tonnes of natural building materials and natural wonders to manipulate, explore, discover and create with.
Brilliant Labs provides support, consultations, assistance, and on site visits for: equipment selection; space selection and design; procurement; set-up and training; and ongoing guidance and support. Our trained educators also work directly with teachers, organisation staff, and students to assure long-term sustainability and success.
Richard Louv coined the phrase Nature Deficit Disorder in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods. He argues that all of us, especially children, are spending more time indoors, which makes us feel alienated from nature and perhaps more vulnerable to negative moods or reduced attention span.
Natural Maker Spaces allow educators and students to connect with the world outside. It supports natural sciences and is a perfect fit to consider how youth can support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
NATURAL MAKER SPACE QUESTIONS OR IDEAS
Technology can be incorporated into Natural Maker Space projects. For example, students can test and code automatic watering systems that measure moisture in soil or use drones to help gather water samples (read Ducks Unlimited story here) without disrupting the natural landscape.
NATURAL MAKER SPACES
Environmental pedagogy, a close cousin of the Forest and Nature School movement (FNS), is an educational approach that has existed since the end of the 1950s. Schools under this pedagogy are multiplying around the world and are very popular in several European countries such as Finland, Norway and Denmark recognized for their academic rigour. Guided by the ancestral methods bequeathed by our Aboriginal, Métis, Inuit and the environmental science, this pedagogy is based on respect for the Earth and living beings. Although environmental pedagogy is relatively new in Canada, the Aboriginal communities have always valued experiential and peer learning, as well as giving everyone responsibility for their own learning.