Future Makerspace

ARS MakerSpace.

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T-1 week until the return of students.  Today we had a work day to finish up some  details on our “Maker Philosophy” and clean up/make usable the actual makerspace room.  Here is the team getting ready (clearly coffee is required for Maker-ing) When we went in this morning we saw that a lot of progress […]


Just two weeks left until school starts and our Makerspace is actually being made!  I visited the school today to sit in on a meeting with Greg, our Grainger representative about ordering equipment and I got to see the construction in progress.  To start things off, here is a little sketch of what we had […]


I quilt and sew as a hobby, but I must admit that I was skeptical about the idea of having textiles as a learning tool.  In our planning meeting for the MakerSpace we decided textiles would be one of our first focus areas, but I thought “What purpose would sewing have in the classroom?” As […]


Maybe a better question is, “What is the purpose of school?” We are very fortunate at Ann Richards School to have a clear mission statement that anchors all our choices: The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders dedicates itself to prepare young women to attend and graduate from college, commit to a healthy and […]


A MakerSpace is a shared space for people to create.  We have the blessing of sharing our future MakerSpace with about 700 teenage girls, as well as our larger community.  This widespread usage has great potential for innovation…as well as for chaos and disorganization.  A few photos from our future space as it is right […]


Hello World!  My name is Ella Miesner (known as Ms. Miesner to the lovely ladies of Ann Richards) and Ms. Jo has graciously invited me to jump on her blog to help record the next phase of the life of Project VENTURA. Project VENTURA Phase 1 trailer and Phase 2 trailer both were beautifully crafted […]


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