Year of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

MALS: Leadership

Directing Professor

Dr. Joni Poff


The availability of a makerspace lab is a new initiative at The Academy for Discovery at Lakewood (ADL), a Norfolk City Public School. The academy follows the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program curriculum. This project gives background on the makerspace movement and details the steps that were taken to design and equip the lab environment, as well as provide teachers with professional development on how the lab can be used to support rigorous course curriculum. This project also includes considerations for further action, including the creation of a student survey regarding opinions on what value the makerspace lab contributes to the learning process. Overall, current feedback from staff members, students, and parents supports the belief that the makerspace lab is a positive addition to ADL.