Oakland FlexTech Academy is proud to announce the launch of its state-of-the-art makerspace. Community members of all ages are invited to tour the space, experiment with the new tools and technology, participate in hands on activities, and enjoy light refreshments. Please join us on January 14th, 2016 from 4-6pm for a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of our new makerspace.
Oakland FlexTech Academy instills in their students a love of learning by making school a place to explore real problems in an environment that emphasizes creativity and craftsmanship. In line with our belief that students learn best by doing we are launching a state-of-the-art makerspace.
Makerspaces are community studio spaces where people gather together to build, share resources, experiment with new tools and technologies, tinker, and create. Makers inhabit a spirit of innovation and problem solving. Our student-makers will tackle challenging tasks, work together in teams, and prototype new ideas using cutting edge technology like laser engravers, 3D printers, vinyl cutters, and design software. Sarah Pazur, the school’s principal, shares what impact the makerspace has had on her students: “The addition of the makerspace has activated in our students a sense of agency and ownership over their school work and projects. They are inspired by the technology to create things to make our school a better place, all while learning important 21st century skills like creativity and collaborative problem solving.”
Oakland FlexTech students have developed physical prototypes of their ideal high school, used CAD to create a custom aquarium stand, engraved original pieces of artwork to accompany a piece of short fiction, and 3D printed a model organism for a Biology project. “As a project-based learning school we are always looking for new and innovative ways for our students to add variety to our projects. The creation of the makerspace has given us the opportunity to explore more projects that involve skills used in designing, building, and engineering,” says Chris Quiamboa, Oakland FlexTech’s Science teacher, and maker-educator.
These unique learning experiences help students synthesize content across disciplines into visible artifacts that demonstrate what they’ve learned. Through these projects, students have refined their research and critical thinking skills, and learned how to present their ideas to public audiences.
Students at Oakland FlexTech will graduate equipped with a maker-mindset—the ability to approach complex problems with confidence, creativity, and resilience. With this mindset, our students are poised to succeed in both college and career. Oakland FlexTech Academy is a tuition free public charter school; we are currently enrolling for the Spring 2016 semester, visit the OFTA website for more information about our unique project based curriculum.
About Oakland FlexTech Academy:
Oakland FlexTech Academy is a tuition free public charter school whose mission is to prepare each student for success in career, life, and higher education by providing an opportunity to earn a high school diploma in an engaging program with flexible scheduling and authentic learning experiences. OFTA will provide a personal and caring environment where students become active participants in their learning and in their planning for the future.