Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Creekside Elementary Library: Makerspace Style

As school libraries evolve into learning commons we have seen an uptick in the popularity of Makerspaces. These unique spaces give students access to materials that challenge them to use creativity and innovation while engaging in participatory learning.

Two boys and girl play with LEGO makerspace kit

Alisa Bentley, teacher-librarian at Creekside Elementary in Spearfish, SD, established a Makerspace in her library with support from a local grant from the Spearfish Foundation for Public Education. While each Makerspace functions differently, for Creekside Elementary a fixed time during library period has worked well. Alisa simply integrates Makerspace content with library media instruction. She has found that students are eager, engaged, and even more excited to use the library thanks to the new Makerspace.

Items purchased included:

  • KEVA planks
  • knitting & cross stitch supplies
  • green screen
  • Circuit Scribe, 
  • Squishy Circuits
  • Play-doh
  • Strawbees
  • origami paper
  • LEGOs
  • Ozobots
  • Go Pro and a
  • Piper computer kit
two girls playing with KEVA planks

Girls at round table