The Middendorf MakerSpace
The Wye River Middendorf MakerSpace opened their doors in 2019.The 1000 square-foot renovated facility is located adjacent to the school’s main campus, and offers space to house a range of low and high tech tools that inspire 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 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 positions 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 offers the following opportunities:
Garment Design and Construction
Soldering and Metalworking
Laser Cutting and Engraving
Woodworking and Basic Carpentry Skills
The program follows a curricula with measurable student outcomes embedded and monitored throughout a yearly plan of instruction. Students have the opportunities to inform their own goals and interests. Access to the MakerSpace is through dedicated classes as well as cross-curricular planning with all Wye River content teachers.