Southridge High School

Huntingburg, IN

The Design Plan

Southridge High School, located in southern Indiana, wanted to challenge its students to be more creative and develop their problem solving skills. They designed a makerspace in their library to allow students to create, invent, and learn. By definition, a makerspace is a place where students can gather to tinker, explore, and discover using a variety of tools and materials. Simply, makerspaces are places that bring people together to enable acts of making.

Sarah Bardwell, Media Director for the Southwest Dubois School Corporation had a vision to create a space that inspired students through hands-on learning. By bringing students together, away from the standard classroom learning experience, Bardwell wanted students to express their creativity and individuality, while boosting their confidence and ability to problem solve in a unique setting. Bardwell designed the makerspace within Southridge High School’s existing library, and outfitted the area with functional yet comfortable solutions. The adjoining Southridge Middle School also uses the makerspace for their students.

Southridge High School chose National to outfit their 309 square foot makerspace. National’s Exhibit wall rail solution lines the interior of the space, while Mio, Strassa, and WaveWorks tables create working spaces. Ditto stools are positioned at the bistro height Strassa table, and Jiminy and Whimsy mobile seating are available for use at the Mio and WaveWorks stations.

“National made the space

cool and inviting.

Students are drawn into the space. It’s a comfortable place where they can hang out and be creative.”

Sarah Bardwell, Media Director
Southwest Dubois School Corporation


The Results

Although the concept of a makerspace is new to the student population, it is changing the way the students use school space. The “don’t touch” philosophy is gone and they have the freedom to be creative and are encouraged to use the space before and during school hours. The students have embraced the ability to gather and have some fun while learning through hands-on problem solving challenges.