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Makerspaces have seen a popularity boom in recent years as school districts confront the need to prepare students for a rapidly changing workforce where automation and artificial intelligence is disrupting the bulk of the blue-collar jobs that high school graduates entering the workforce would have traditionally taken.
But beyond providing the tools for a makerspace, schools and districts must also ensure students are being equipped with the practical skills to effectively use those tools, giving them something to market when applying for jobs down the road. That's perhaps the most valuable aspect of Burleson's cross-curricular approach, which teaches those skills through fun activities. In some schools, students have also used tools commonly found in makerspaces, like 3-D printers, on practical projects like the creation of prosthetic hands, often with collaboration from nonprofit or private organizations.
In the end, any overhaul in learning should prioritize how the effort expands opportunities that previously didn't exist for students, better preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow — accounting as much as possible for those that don't even exist yet.