Still considered a new trend the Makerspace is the latest buzz word floating around educational circles. Based off of Seymor Papert and Jean Piaget's idea of constructivism. The maker space is essentially a hands on creative learning environment. Allowing children to be given a task and find multiple solutions to complete the task. Think critical thinking with cardboard or lego's. yet the makerspace is more than that watered down example. Makerspaces allow students to explore multiple solutions, apply knowledge learned in other classes and have an engaging STEM learning experience.
Now that the initial boom has taken place we are seeing variations of this creative space forming with new names and ideas behind them. The two most popular are still the makerspace and the FabLab (Fabrication lab). So which is best for your school? Both have roughly the same idea but the level of pre-required knowledge, tools, and tasks make the difference. So in case you are planning here is a breakdown of the two and a flow chart to help you decide which to plan for.