Welcome to our NEW Library Makerspace!
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
What is a Makerspace?
Makerspaces are referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces and fablabs. It is a designed as a creative place where students can gather, create and learn. Students are encouraged to tinker, invent, build, explore, innovate, make and do. The very best creativity and learning comes from extreme frustration and making mistakes. Disassembling is encouraged.
Why the library?
The library is in the center of the school. It is the hub of the school so it's a natural fit. In the library we promote inquiry and give students the opportunity to solve problems and find answers to questions.
The creation of the Makerspace has reinvented the purpose of the library in our building and what it has to offer. We are MUCH more than a room full of books and computers!
*Makerspace ties directly to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). The “Critical C’s” of Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication are emphasized through project based learning.*
"Every child has the right to invent, tinker, create, innovate, make and do."
LMS at New Milford High School, New Jersey
- Lego Walls
- Chalkboard Wall
- Magnetic Wall
- New Mac computers for design work
*Coming Soon - Whiteboard Wall & 2 Lego Tables*
- BreakoutEDU Kits
- Building Blocks
- Dash n' Dot Robots
- iPads w/Osmos
- Little Bits
- Magformers (Magnetic Blocks)
Coming soon - photos of our new and improved library space!
Students in grades 3-5 attend a weekly 45 minute Maker Class. Students are learning to become makers, engineers, computer programmers and teachers!
A Few Makerspace Lessons from Spring of 2016!
Pk-K - Instructed students to use their imagination to create anything they wanted. Shared out at the end of class.
1st-4th - Students worked in small groups and chose a lego challenge card. They had to build what the card instructed them to make. Had a time limit for the 3rd & 4th graders.
Dr. Seuss Day / Week
PK-K - Read "There's a Wocket in my Pocket." Allowed students time to create things out of legos from their imagination.
1st-2nd - Read "Yertle the Turtle." Gave students 44 cups and instructed them to build the tallest tower they could working in teams of 4-5.
3rd - Read "Yertle the Turtle." Gave each group of 4 students 44 marshallows and 44 toothpicks. Instructed students to build a tower that can stand on its own.
*Dr. Seuss wrote 44 books.*
Learn to Code
Introductory Class - instructed students to work in a group of 4 to write down the directions on how to make a cheese sandwich. Their teacher then acted out their instructions.
Second Class - watched videos on coding and completed at least 1 level of the Minecraft Challenge on Code.org
Third Class - programmed the Dash n' Dot Robots through a series of levels and instructions.
1st-6th - Students worked in teams of two to use Osmo Words to compete in a Words challenge.