Makerspace

What is Makerspace? 
  • A makerspace is a community where you learn and grow together; it is also a community of like-minded people where you can share ideas and be inspired by others.
  • A makerspace is a place where one can envision making just about anything (or at least a prototype of almost anything.)
  • A makerspace is filled with resources that inspire- even if those resources are just cardboard and duct tape.
  • A makerspace needs a facilitator because makers need someone who knows a little bit about everything in case they struggle with completing their ideas.
  • A makerspace is a place where people create not consume.
  • A makerspace creates producers in a world of consumers. For some makers, it creates an understanding of how technology works. For others, it creates an understanding of how our world works.

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Resources for Students and Teachers







In the two weeks following Thanksgiving, our students
had the opportunity to try their hand at a Maker Space activity correlated with the social studies curriculum.  Following the Design Thinking Process, students used problem-solving skills to engineer a moving machine in Ancient Egypt. Students discussed planning, brainstorming, collaboration, testing, and refining.


LEGOS

Thank you to the families who donated Legos to our classroom.  We can always use more if you have any to donate. 


Creativity Break!




On Valentine’s Day, we had a ton of fun collaborating, designing, redesigning, and building candy heart launchers for Makerspace. The students had to come up with a plan to build a launching device that would send their candy heart flying.  You would be surprised at some of the creative designs and how far some of the candy hearts flew!  




In Social Studies class, we learned that the Romans were the first great arch builders.  They added stones to both sides, higher and higher along the curve until only one stone, called the keystone, was needed at the top. The Romans realized long ago that it's impossible to make an arch without supporting it as it goes up.  They used a wooden frame, called the centering, to support the arch as it was being built.  The framing, or centering, was removed after the arch was built. 

The challenge was to design a Roman-style arch that was curved and use the Play-dough as cement. Our centerings were different sized cups. Students were not directed to use the cup since we wanted them to realize they needed framing in order for the arch to be successfully built.