The Middendorf MakerSpace
The Wye River Middendorf MakerSpace opened its doors in 2019, thanks to funding provided by The Middendorf Foundation and the Gracye B. Kerr Fund, Inc. Located adjacent to the school's main campus, the 1000 square foot renovated facility houses a range of low- and high-tech tools that inspire our students' design and production skills.
Centered around project-based learning and real-world problem solving, the MakerSpace also fosters the 6 C's - creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, character, and cosmopolitanism - that Wye River promotes throughout its curricula with vigilance. Access to the MakerSpace is through dedicated classes and cross-curricular planning with all Wye River content teachers, with measurable student outcomes that are embedded and monitored throughout a yearly instruction plan.
Wye River positions the MakerSpace as another one of many approaches the school uses to develop our student's evolving executive function skills by promoting the hallmarks of the 12 Demonstrations of Learning - time management, prioritizing, teamwork, and leadership - through a motivating platform.
The Middendorf MakerSpace offers the following opportunities:
- Culinary Arts
- Garment Design and Construction
- 3D Printing
- Soldering and Metalworking
- Laser Cutting and Engraving
- Woodworking and Basic Carpentry Skills
- Graphic Design