The Maker Movement is firmly rooted in the core progressive educational principles and pedagogical techniques of experiential learning (or learning by doing), self-direction, intrinsic motivation, project-based learning, learning from failure, process over product, and iteration. Teachers and students have been engaged in these practices at Presidio Hill for decades, in virtually every classroom and subject.
We view making in the school environment as harnessing students’ natural inclination to create, deconstruct, analyze and innovate. The modern Maker Movement has influenced us profoundly as it encourages weaving together no-tech, low-tech and high-tech materials with problem solving and design thinking. The library contains a maker/media space that serves as a resource to all students. Some of the resources and activities currently available and on the horizon include: sewing, movie making, circuitry and electronics, creative computing (Arduino, Makey Makey, Raspberry Pi), programming with Scratch, 2D/3D modeling and 3D printing.