Southwood school is proud to offer our students an opportunity to work and learn in a MAKERSPACE!

Our Makerspace is located in the former computer lab, just across from the library. In it, you will find a wide variety of materials and resources to get the students learning with hands-on projects. With materials like cardboard, wood, basic tools, craft supplies, paper, and lego, and electronics like iPads, computer circuitry, green screen, robotics, and interactive boards, the students can engage in areas of their interest in any number of ways. The possibilities are endless in the Southwood Makerspace!

The main idea with the Makerspace is that through questioning, planning, designing, collaborating, correcting, and sharing about their projects, the students are demonstrating in-depth learning that crosses the “subjects” and leaves a deep learning experience in place.

The Makerspace is a very busy place, and the students are there, working on projects now!

Teachers and Students can make use of the links below for their Makerspace projects.


The Southwood School Makerspace Team will be introducing monthly Makerspace Design Challenges!

Students will be given an idea to inspire them, and then they will have the opportunity during class time to create a prototype and bring their ideas to life. Together, Southwood School will celebrate the creations that students make by honouring one class from each grade with a MakerspaceDesign Challenge Trophy. The class that wins the Makerspace Design Challenge will be awarded a grade level trophy to keep in their classroom for the month.

Inspiration for May: Objects that Float!

The Rules- Design and build an object that will:

  1. Float on water
  2. Fit in an ice cream pail
  3. Be able to hold 10 pennies!

What materials will you build with? How will you make it support that weight? How can you keep it to a small size?

Have fun building!

Inspiration for April: Pizza Box Boardgame!

The Rules:

  1. Design and Create a marble run or board game that is contained in a pizza box!
  2. Students will work together in small groups to design and build the project.
  3. The game needs to have proper rules so that anybody could play it!

What game will inspire you! Can you come up with a brand new game? What will the rules for your game be?

Have Fun Making!

Inspiration for February and March – Design a Hat!


The rules:
  1. The students will work in small groups with their classmates.
  2. Each group will make a plan and design for their hat idea.
  3. The students must be able to ACTUALLY WEAR the hat!
What will your hat look like? What will be the purpose of your hat? Who are you designing the hat for?
Have fun working together, planning, and building your design!


Inspiration for January: Design and Build an Object that Moves!

This month’s Makerspace challenge is to design an object that shows motion!

Can you build a car that rolls down the hallway? Can you build a catapult to send something across the room? Can you build an elaborate marble run? Can you build a ferris wheel for your lego men? Can you build a windmill that rotates to show wind?

Let’s have some fun this month with our designs by taking chances, making mistakes, and getting messy!

The students had some amazing objects to share at the January Assembly. Have a look at the GALLERY!

Inspiration for December: Christmas Ornaments!


For December our MakerSpace challenge for the students is to create a Christmas ornament!

There are three criteria that the students need to keep in mind as they design and create their projects:

1. The ornament needs to be able to hang
2. The ornament needs to fit in a brown paper lunch bag (limit to size)
2. The ornament should represent “caring” (from our school motto CARE, LEARN, GROW)


Inspiration for November: “Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty


The students did a great job on the November Challenge. Captain Southwood was here to test their designs. Have a look at the GALLERY!


The Makerspace is a place for Deep Learning. The students need to make a choice about their attitudes as they work and learn there. What kinds of decisions and behaviours help learning and building? Watch the grade 4 students to learn more.