Maddington: Yule Brook College’s makerspace giving students tools to boost STEM learning

Makerspace manager Tomaz Lasic with student Max Hart (12).
Makerspace manager Tomaz Lasic with student Max Hart (12).

YULE Brook College in Maddington has launched a makerspace workshop to promote engagement in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

A makerspace is a physical, library-type space containing tools and materials where people gather to create, invent and learn by making.

Makerspace manager Tomaz Lasic said it would have a wide range of resources available.

“From pop sticks and glue, sewing, crafts, fixing bikes, pulling apart appliances to 3D printing, robotics, audio mixing and more, we will try to cater for a range of interests and projects,” he said.

“We could have one kid making a robot, one mixing acoustic effects, one pulling apart an engine, one folding origami, another trying special effects make up and more.”

Mr Lasic said students would use the makerspace during their designated time as part of the school’s Big Picture learning design.

“Our makerspace fits well with the Big Picture design as well as the increased push for student interest in STEM-related fields, brought on by the rapid shifts in skills and employment opportunities in the future.”

He said the school was thankful for Carey Mining, Australia’s largest fully Indigenously owned mining and engineering company, who contributed much-needed start up funds.

“Without the funding, the makerspace wouldn’t have gotten off the ground, we are partners in becoming an incubator for young Indigenous and non-Indigenous engineers, creators and innovators.”

Mr Lasic also appealed to the community for prospective mentors to add their wisdom and expertise to the makerspace.

“From sewing to engines, drafting, horticulture or coding – whatever the interest you or someone else you know, our students will be grateful for you to share it with them,” he said.

For more information on how to visit or get involved, contact tomaz.lasic@education.wa.edu.au or contact the school on 9251 8333.

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