Exploratory takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:15 to 3 pm. It is a time for students to go to an assigned classroom and be taught something outside of the core curriculum. Begun at the start of the third trimester, the Makerspace is a new exploratory run by Mr. Hess in his seventh and eighth grade science room. The Makerspace program was made because Mr. Hess went to an inspiring conference three months into the beginning of last school year and felt a need to recreate what he saw there.
The Makerspace is important because St. Joseph students need to do more problem-solving that involves trial and error. The seventh and eighth graders may be more invested in this program because they will reach the end products through their personal efforts, with the possibility of multiple setbacks. Ideally, the purpose and vision of Makerspace is to improve the academic lives of its students, but also increase their self-confidence and creativity.