A Student’s Guide to the Makerspace

By PJ Griffiths, ’22

Screen Shot 2018-11-07 at 11.06.26 AMThe Makerspace is a very recent addition to our school, and has allowed students to create many amazing projects not previously possible. The main Makerspace is located directly across from the dining hall, and is open on Mondays & Fridays from 3-4 and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-10.

The makerspace has a second location in the Physics lab, which is where the 3D printers reside. The Makerspace is headed by Mrs. Chaney and Mr. Wallace and is filled with every tool, material, and machine with which to harness your creative desires. There’s woodworking, sewing, robotics, electronics, art, coding, Legos, and many other stations filled with things to use. A 3D printer, one of the hallmarks of a makerspace, is a device of the future, allowing custom parts to be created for fast prototyping and part design. LCA, blessed by donors and benefactors, has been lucky enough to purchase 3, all of which are being put to good creative use.Screen Shot 2018-11-07 at 11.06.50 AM

If you prefer to be more hands-on, woodworking tools, such as saws, drills, belt sanders, and nail guns allow you to create chairs, benches, and other beautiful items out of a variety of woods. You can also make a pillow, sew a doll, design a dress, or a fashionable purse with the large selection of fabrics, which can be hand sewed, or for the seam-savvy, sewed with LCA’s sewing machine. Mrs. Sparrow recently taught a class on creating sewn items, creating your own patterns, and using specific sewing techniques. If you love robots and electronics, you can solder a circuit, code an arduino, construct a robot, or use Legos to create a Rubik’s cube solving robot.

The possibilities are endless, and we hope that, as we continue to expand the makerspace, more students will come and create!