Make S.T.E.A.M.

What is S.T.E.A.M?

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are those who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process.

What is a makerspace?

This explanation from Makerspace from works well: “Modeled after hackerspaces, a makerspace is a place where people have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects. It could be embedded inside an existing organization or standalone on its own. It could be a simple room in a building or an outbuilding that’s closer to a shed. The key is that it can adapt to a wide variety of uses and can be shaped by educational purposes as well as the person's creative goals.”

Why are makerspaces in libraries?

One of the Glen Ridge Public Library's core services is to provide lifelong learning opportunities to all. Libraries exist to provide people a place and resources to come together to learn, discuss, collaborate, test and create. The addition of Makerspaces are a natural addition to this long-held core service. By offering tools and resources to pursue creative endeavors, the public can continue to learn and remake their world.

Who funded the Glen Ridge Library "Make STEAM" equipment, books, and tools?

In late 2016, the Glen Ridge Public Library in partnership with Forest Avenue Elementary School, applied for the NJ State Library and LibraryLinkNJ Mini-Mobile Makerspace Grant. This competitive grant was awarded to three public libraries in New Jersey in order to establish a shared makerspace between a library and a school. The grant provided $7,500 for the purchase of all equipment, supplies, books, and tools for each location.

What is the purpose of this website?

This website provides detailed information about the Library's Mini-Makerspace and what tools are available. In addition, this site provides information and request form for the STEAM kits available for loan to any Glen Ridge teacher. A list of available books and links to ideas, websites, and library-curated Pinterest boards are also on this site.