As the librarian and technology teacher for an elementary school, I teach all of our 460 students. My students are an amazingly diverse group. They come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. They include many students from other countries that are part of our growing English Language Learner program. Our school also hosts the largest elementary autism program in our district. Also, our school enrollment area contains a homeless shelter, and we host children from more than 40 homeless families each year.
My students love to create, invent, tinker, and learn in our makerspace program.
The makerspace program is open to 2nd through 5th grade students. They participate in makerspace time each week. We have had a good balance between boys and girls attending, and our ELL and special needs students are well-represented. My students are future engineers, scientists, inventors, and artists. My job is to help them discover what they need to help them get there.
I run a lunchtime makerspace program for second through fifth graders in the school media center. It is very popular with students! They love to build and explore with with construction materials. They also love to create with arts and crafts materials to make their own creations. It may look like play, but the students are also learning.
Makerspaces encourage creativity, and help build students' perseverance, confidence and problem-solving skills.
During Makerspace time, many of my students enjoy creating items that they can take home, such as rainbow loom jewelry, origami or duct tape creations. Students especially like to use their imagination to design their own projects using craft supplies and recycled materials. This project would fund a variety of materials that the students could use to bring their own ideas to life. It would include beads, feathers, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, Popsicle sticks and more. Students will use these materials together with recycled items like cardboard boxes, egg cartons and old CD’s. These arts and crafts materials will help students to take their creativity and imagination to the next level!
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