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Donate to our Makerspace!

Dear WSMS Families,

 

I'm proud to share that WSMS has been able to build a vibrant makerspace in our school library.  It's our goal to be up and running for students and teachers to use this annually.  

 A makerspace is simply a space devoted to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math projects, trials, and contests where students can build, collaborate, and create various projects.  Here are two links that help explain what a makerspace is!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQnXaShzuHw 

http://www.makerspaceforeducation.com/ 

We've reconfigured our library and with the help of our 3 computer/technology classes and Science Department, we have some impressive big ticket items to use (a 3D printer, makey-makey, and computer based engineering and design programs).  What we'd love to add are some everyday household supplies to supplement those materials.  

 So, we're putting out the call for donations!  Please see the list of items below and keep the donations coming throughout the next school year!  If you're able to donate any of these items, please stop by WSMS any Monday-Friday between 7-3.  We'll display some of the work throughout the building for you to see as you stop in.  Thank you for supporting this great resource.  Don't hesitate to contact me at gillen@wsps.org or our Librarian, Mrs. LaFlamme, at laflamme@wsps.org with questions about this great new addition to our Library!

 The West Springfield Partnership for Education has been a generous contributor in helping fund supply purchase for our space!

 

Sincerely, 

 

Peter Gillen

Principal  

 

These items are consistent needs for WSMS:

 

Paper from Michael’s for Circuit machine                     

Plastic cart for glue station/ Cricuit

Pipe cleaners     

duct tape

Scissors

Tissue paper                                                                  

Marbles

Glue sticks (low temp)              

Elmer’s glue

Cardboard cutters     

Tacky glue

Paper clips                                                                  

Toothpicks

Clean Nylon foam (like pool noodles)

Rolls of string

Duct tape-any color

Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors

Larger craft sticks

Aluminum foil

Straws

Paper plates

Small paper cups

Nuts & bolts 

Magnets

Foam boards

Cardboard, flattened

Dental floss

Hole punchers (single hole)

Legos (including base plates)

Egg cartons

Coffee cans

Baby food jars

Any plastic containers with lids

Empty cylinder containers from oatmeal, Pringles etc.

Assorted craft kits

Small plastic wheels

Bottle Caps

Empty Toilet Paper Rolls

Hand Tools- Screwdrivers/pliers

Low temp mini glue sticks

Chopsticks or Bamboo Skewers

Colored Tissue Paper

Colored Pipe Cleaners 


 *Please no loose styrofoam!

 

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