Makerspace

Garner Holt Education through Imagination is the one-stop-shop for all your Makerspace needs. We have the experience and expertise to design and install complete Makerspaces from scratch, as well as the ability to support schools in taking their existing environments to the next level.

Garner Holt AniMakerspaces
Unique and Innovative Makerspaces

Garner Holt Education through Imagination is your one-stop shop for cutting edge Makerspace design, installation, equipment, training and support. Our unique and innovative Makerspaces are intentionally designed to seamlessly integrate technology, engineering and the visual and performing arts all with a unique capability to also engage students in robotics and automation! Our “AniMakerspaces” are environments created to engage students in real-world, career-focused, hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math with a focus on making things move. Inspired by the Garner Holt animatronics production facility, students will have all of the tools and equipment necessary to create whatever they can imagine! We can help create a your very own, one-of-a-kind imagination factory!

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Learning in the AniMakerspace Supports
  • CREATIVITY

    Thinking outside-the-box to solve real-world problems.

  • CRITICAL THINKING

    Use logic to solve industry-specific problems encountered in a career pathway.

  • COMMUNICATION

    Communicating in professional situations when working with professionals and peers.

  • COLLABORATION

    Working cooperatively within a team environment that mimics real-world situations.

Grade Level Content Standards
Standards for Mathematical Practice
  1. Make Sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construction viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
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NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
Crosscutting concepts link the different domains of science
  1. Patterns
  2. Cause and Effect
  3. Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
  4. Systems and System Models
  5. Energy and Matter
  6. Structure and Function
  7. Stability and Change
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AniMakerspace Design Process
The AniMaker Design Process includes the same series of steps that the Garner Holt Productions technicians and artisans follow to bring their creations to life!
STEP 1
Ask
What task is to be accomplished?
STEP 2
Explore
What are the constraints? What are the criteria for success?
STEP 3
Imagine
Brainstorm. Visualize all potential solutions.
STEP 4
Select
Determine the most promising solution.
STEP 5
Design
Sketch the image that’s in your imagination.
STEP 6
Prototype
Create a working model of your design.
STEP 7
Test
Try out and evaluate your prototype.
STEP 8
Communicate
Ask for and receive feedback.
STEP 9
Iterate
Improve your prototype.
Makerspace Services
Makerspace Services, Garner Holt Education through Imagination AniMakerspace, Makerspace Consultation, and Professional Development
Makerspace Services
Garner Holt Education through Imagination is your one-stop shop for all makerspace needs. We have a proven track record of designing, installing and bringing to life makerspaces at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Whether it is boosting your existing makerspace to the next level, or starting from scratch, we are ready to build a partnership that helps your vision become a reality for what high quality STEAM learning, career exploration and authentic 21st Century Skill practice looks like in your school.
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Garner Holt Education through Imagination AniMakerspace
Inspired by the work of Garner Holt Productions, our AniMakerspaces are designed to engage students in advanced levels of STEAM learning and career exploration across a wide array of creative industries. Rooted in the practice and application of design-based thinking, the AniMakerspace is a themed environment for students to explore the world of engineering, robotics, automation, advanced manufacturing, and the visual and performing arts. By standardizing the space with similar technology, furniture and aesthetics, we are building a network of educators and students who can collaborate, communicate and problem solve together based on their common experience working in similar spaces with similar capabilities.
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Makerspace Consultation
Whether you are exploring the development of a makerspace on your campus, or have one already, Garner Holt Education through Imagination can assist you in conceptualizing, designing and implementing the environment that meet your learners’ needs. We have the ability to take your ideas and bring them to life by creating a makerspace that aligns with your vision, values and goals, fits in the space you have available, and works within your budget. From technology to furniture, software to aesthetic, our team is committed to helping you realize the learning objectives you have set so that your makerspace not only becomes a vibrant and dynamic space on your campus, but an epicenter for a culture of creativity and innovation that spreads throughout the school.
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Professional Development
We believe students maximize learning opportunities in a makerspace when teachers are able to do the same. At Garner Holt Education through Imagination we create these conditions through rigorous, relevant and applied professional learning for the teachers and support staff that will be leading your makerspace initiatives. Our philosophy for professional learning is based on a training, coaching, mentoring, and co-teaching model that capitalizes on the strengths, knowledge, ideas, and experience educators already bring to the table. From here, we show them how a makerspace can become an inventors laboratory for teaching across the curriculum and in alignment with grade level standards.
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"Working with Garner Holt Education through Imagination has been, and will continue to be, a very rewarding and positive experience. Their commitment to providing what they promise, and then some, has been a refreshing change to someone who has been in education for 21 years. They bring a fresh new perspective to engaging and instilling hope and purpose in our students that is unheard of at the elementary level. Their engineering and design kits are the perfect connector of engineering, art, and science to every other curricular area. They provide focused hands on training with professionals in the industry and of the equipment that can then be practiced and refined. If any additional help is needed they are a phone call away. Their staff is supportive and friendly, and no request or question is ever unanswered."

Mary Regis

"The Garner Holt Education through Imagination Team goes above and beyond all expectations. The partnership between our school and GHETI Team is incomparable to any other partnership I have worked with in the past. They are knowledgeable to what is happening in education and train the teachers to bring it to their students. From the Engineering Challenges to the manufacturing skills, teachers are able to meet all of the Cross Cutting Concepts. Their team has made sure that the teachers are trained and efficient in each of the manufacturing skills so that they are comfortable teaching all of them to their students. The teachers learn how to teach their students entrepreneurship skills and give them real world experiences. This gives students an advantage when they graduate high school, thus, giving them hope for their futures."

Karen Burk

"Garner Holt Education through Imagination is collaborating with Porterville Unified School District to engage elementary students in rural Central California Valley district in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) experiences through hands-on learning and career exploration. These experiences coupled with real-world-of-work lessons provided through the Career Pathways offered in the PUSD middle and high schools will further prepare and empower students to be successful in college, career and life."

Cynthia G. Brown
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