I was checking out this TedxMidwest about Makerspaces from Jeff Sturges. I'd encourage you to watch the whole thing because it shines a spotlight on his multi-age makerspace based in a church in Detroit. It's great to see how this makerspace has become a central component of the community. A place for people of all ages to come together and learn.
At the 12 minute mark in this video, he starts talking about makerspaces in schools. It echoes everything that I've known to be true about education. When you allow students to be hands-on, when you combine subjects, when you allow student choice, when you allow authentic problem solving, when you listen to what it is that your students are interested in, school starts to become alive. Teachers who have had an "alive" classroom know this.