Chardon Local Schools News Article

New Doors & New Opportunities - Makerspace Recap

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Kelly Misch
Director of Communications
Chardon Local Schools
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September 19, 2023 — New in the world of Chardon Schools Business Affairs are three (3) exterior entryway doors installed at Chardon High School this month to replace aging doors. The new fixtures provide enhanced gateways to three important areas of the building.

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  • Chardon Creativity Center (makerspace) ~ OPENING SOON! - LEARN MORE BELOW
  • Kitchen Loading Dock
  • Boiler Room
images of new entryway doors at Chardon High School for Chardon Creativity Center, kitchen loading dock, boiler room Photography by Rebecca Fullerman, CHS Senior / Student Content Development Specialist

new exterior, entryway doors at Chardon High School for the (from upper right, clockwise) Chardon Creativity Center door, kitchen loading dock door, boiler room door

Photos: Rebecca Fullerman, CHS Senior / Student Content Development Specialist

The Chardon Creativity Center's new entryway door replaces an aging garage-style door and will be an important access point for the world of opportunities that the new makerspace will soon bring...

What is the Chardon Creativity Center?

As shared in 2022-23 district publications, including Chardon Schools' 
summer 2023 edition of the Open Lines community newsletter, Chardon Schools and the Geauga County Public Library embarked on a novel partnership in early 2023 to establish a shared-use makerspace named Chardon Creativity Center (C3), located at CHS.
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Chardon Schools Believes Community Connections Build Stronger Schools

The C3 is Chardon's up-and-coming design center consisting primarily of additive "making" equipment, including a vinyl printer, ultraviolet printer, direct-to-garment printer, 3D scanner, broadcasting equipment/cart, and 3D printer; and subtractive "making" equipment, including a CNC machine and laser cutter.

The makerspace will benefit both Hilltopper students and staff as well as the larger community. Students and staff will have access to the equipment in class during the school day, and GCPL will staff the makerspace for community use after school hours.

C3's equipment is made possible by the generosity of the GCPL while the building space is provided by Chardon Schools.
The complete implementation of the makerspace has involved the accumulation and installation of equipment, renovations to the building space, training of staff, and alignment of courses and resources.

Chardon Schools Superintendent Mike Hanlon shared the following update on C3 during his report to the Board of Education at the regular meeting on Sept. 18:

"The collaboration with the Geauga County Public Library to establish a shared-use makerspace at Chardon HS is nearing completion with final capital improvements and equipment configuration at the Chardon Creativity Center - C3. Teacher leaders participated in professional development on the use of equipment housed at C3 and we expect a roll-out for
students and library patrons very soon."


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