MakerSpace STEAM Playground

Why should we use MakerSpaces?

How can we help students be more confident in their ability to solve problems?  

The MakerSpace STEAM Playground will provide students a place to explore, discover, and create to solve problems.  Why use MakerSpace?

1.  Authentic Learning:  DIY projects add real-life aspects to help answer the question, "How will I use this in real-life?"  Students will solve real-world problems using innovative solutions.

2.  21st Century Skills:  MakerSpaces allow students to critically think, create, and communicate while collaborating to solve problems.  Students are able to work together to learn new skills and share expertise while developing and discovering solutions to a problem.

3.  STEAM:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math = STEAM.    We've added "Art" to STEM in order to solve problems more creatively.   

What's in our MakerSpace?
  • Lego Wall
  • Lego Mindstorms (robotics)
  • SCRATCH (coding)
  • MinecraftEdu 
  • Creation Station (using recyclable items)
  • Origami
  • 3Doodlers (3D pens)
  • Take-it-Apart (simple machines)
  • Build It
  • Stamp Collecting
  • Marble Roller Coasters
  • Tower Testing
  • Bridge Design

Teachers can sign up to use the MakerSpace here.

What is a MakerSpace?

YouTube Video

MakerSpace Resources:

Colleen Graves' Blog:
The great Maker Cookbook by PC Sweeney that got me started – AWESOME IDEAS!
Make it at your Library: 
Make anything DIY:
Sign up for a “Tinkering” Course from Exploratorium:
Check out Google’s Maker Camp:
Renovated Learning by Diana Rendina:
Worlds of Learning by Laura Fleming: