Makerspace: any place where students can make things. Increasingly school library media centers are incorporating them into their space and programs. Makerspaces stimulate creativity and inquiry, giving the student a chance to develop problem solving skills, all while having fun! After reading and thinking about makerspaces for what seemed like forever, I finally took the plunge after coming across a comforting article by the inimitable Gywneth Jones, aka The Daring Librarian. My takeaway:
Students can use the makerspace before school, during lunches and flex time, and after they have finished their class work. A seldom used office space has been repurposed into our makerspace. Following the Daring Librarian’s lead, I bought spring loaded shower rods to organize our duct tape on old bookcarts. I also invested in Legos and adult coloring books. My student teacher assistants are helping organize the space and advising me on how to expand. See her post for a shopping list for a $350 makerspace starter kit, which I modified somewhat for our high school.
So, with no further ado, I present the newly minted NaFo Makerspace, currently offering:
Duct Tape Crafts