The Makery Mindset has no fear. It begets projects that are culturally rich and customizable to engage and inspire any student. It brings together ideas from different grades to collaborate on related units of study in hands-on, meaningful and innovative ways. It takes students beyond the four walls of a classroom by providing a lens through which they approach the world we live in.
In 2013, Burke's established two dedicated maker spaces on campus — Makery Up and Makery Down. They are known collectively as the Makery and materials, projects, and ideas flow freely between them.
Each space provides student access to numerous supplies and technologies —from glue guns and cardboard to laser cutters and 3D printers. The Makery is a magical space for students to engage in “vintage innovation” and provides spaces for the tinkering and brainstorming that we want our students to master to take on the challenges of our modern world. After all, with all of the knowledge contained in all of the world's libraries accessible in the palm of your hand, students need to go further than rote memorization of facts. What are they going to do with that information?
The spirit of the Makery is felt through all grade levels and subject areas, beyond its physical space. Our students — and their teachers — feel free to try out their ideas and make mistakes, collaborate and work together, and be as creative as they can be, no matter what they happen to be studying at the time. Some guiding resources for our work are the Learning Dimensions of Making and Tinkering
and ISTE standards
So while you can examine our curriculum strictly by grade level and subject area, that's not what we would recommend. Because at Burke's, there's no one set path from kindergarten through eighth grade. Students learn to be nimble and independent, and they graduate ready to take on whatever awaits them next.