The Middendorf MakerSpace

We are very pleased to announce the opening of The Wye River Middendorf MakerSpace in September, 2019. Located adjacent to the school’s main campus, this facility is a 1000 square foot renovated residence that now offers refurbished space to house a range of low and high tech tools that will motivate, inspire and affect our students' design and production skills. We are grateful for the funding provided by The Middendorf Foundation and the Gracye B. Kerr Fund, Inc.

Centered around Project-Based Learning curricula and real-world problem solving, the MakerSpace is a dedicated, equipped space in which our students will develop the skills needed for success in the 21st Century. With collaboration and communication as a constant expectation, the Space will also foster the remaining 4 C’s that Wye River promotes throughout its curricula with vigilance. They are creativity, critical thinking, character and cosmopolitanism.

Wye River will position the MakerSpace as another one of many approaches the school uses to develop our student’s evolving Executive Function skills. By providing a motivating platform, MakerSpace expects and promotes time management, prioritizing, teamwork and leadership, also hallmarks of the 12 Demonstrations of Learning.

The Middendorf MakerSpace will open with the following opportunities:

  • Culinary Arts

  • Garment Design and Construction

  • 3D Printing

  • Soldering and Metalworking

  • Laser Cutting and Engraving

  • Woodworking and Basic Carpentry Skills

  • Robotics

  • Coding

  • Graphic Design

The program will follow a curricula with measurable student outcomes embedded and monitored throughout a yearly plan of instruction. Students will have opportunities to inform their own goals and interests. Access to the MakerSpace will be through dedicated classes as well as through cross-curricular planning with all Wye River content teachers.

Our vision is to also offer the Middendorf MakerSpace as a community resource, possibly by the Spring of 2020 and expected by summer of 2020.