TA Selected to Join “Making Spaces” Initiative with Montshire Museum

TA Selected to Join “Making Spaces” Initiative with Montshire Museum

With its long history of experiential education, Thetford Academy seems tailor-made for the maker movement. So when Norwich’s Montshire Museum of Science put out a call for school partners in the Google-funded Making Spaces: Expanding Maker Education Across the Nation, TA’s teachers jumped at the chance to apply. In December, Thetford Academy, along with nine other local Vermont and New Hampshire schools, was selected to be a part of the initiative as a “Making Spaces Project School.”

The Montshire Museum of Science is serving as one of ten “hubs” in the Making Spaces initiative, a collaboration among the non-profit organization MakerEd, Google, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, aiming to develop a national strategy to sustainably integrate making into schools across the country. As a hub, the Upper Valley’s Montshire will provide the ten regional Project Schools with guidance, professional development, and support to jumpstart and sustain maker education in their classrooms.

As a Project School, TA will work with the Montshire Museum’s science educator and program manager, Rachel Donegan, to plan, design, fund, and implement a new makerspace for Thetford Academy. TA’s librarian, Kate Owen, and math teacher, Luke Teschner, will be leading the project and attending Montshire’s “Boot Camp” on Jan. 26 to begin the visioning and planning process. Their work will continue through the spring and summer, with the goal of finalizing the project in the 2017-18 school year.