Point Park University
PITTSBURGH, PA · 2021
Point Park University is the first university-level Matt’s Makerspace, and it serves pre-service teachers to help them build knowledge and skills in teaching maker learning and STREAM education (science, technology, reading, education, arts, and mathematics). Students prepare for working with children by creating their own projects and lessons using the space.
In their Reading Methods courses, for example, students prepared lessons on poetry and expository text, and then created response activities using the tools in the makerspace. This idea is similar to the lessons taught in many of the elementary level maker spaces. This facility provides students an interdisciplinary experience with maker education, and as STEAM education rises in K12 education, Point Park is preparing their students to take on new ways of teaching.