Lunch is about the only time that is truly yours during the day. Why not take a minute to sit in on a "sesh" and learn how to solder? Or add LEDs to you backpack? Or create a representation/application of some big idea you have that was inspired by a discussion from an earlier class?
One obstacle for makers at school is time to make. Having a maker lab or space in or near the place where your ideas are flowing like oil and vinegar over a salad of greens grown in the school garden might be the spark a school needs to create and showcase ideas and promote collaboration.
Oh, it's going to be messy alright, but in a 25 minute lunch period a person can eat in 10 minutes (I'm a teacher, I do this every day) and make in 15. After members of the school community have had some time to digest the morning lessons, lunchtime/free time with friends might be a great time to make an idea come to life or just become tangible by putting it to paper and posting for all the world to see. This Maker Spaceteria (let's not call it that) could be just a corner, in my vision, of an academic commons.
This week's menu might include: intro to basic hand tools, changing a tire, knots and whatnot, electric connections, not-so-electric connections, oh the possibilities! There would have to be some kind of gallery of imperfection begging for feedback where members of the community could contribute and collaborations can spark.
Put a Sammy-cart in the maker lab, so people could grab food and squat at a work station and get to making.
These ideas are still pretty cloudy.
let's get this bird in the air! Who's with me? "Yes, ands..." are encouraged.