My students need hands-on manipulatives, like building blocks and engineering toys, to explore and tinker with materials and gadgets.
This year at our school we are opening a media center where students will be able to check out books, learn internet safety, become flourishing readers using Accelerated Reader, and innovate using a maker space. Over 90% our students qualify for free and reduced breakfast AND lunch. We are a Title I school, and most of our students do not have access to books or creative tools to engineer and build with at home. Our media center will become a place for collaboration, discovery, and exploration with literacy and a maker space as we build our new space throughout the year.
A maker space is a place where students use materials to develop questions, plan, design, collaborate, and test hypothesis through hands-on activities. According to the article, "Maker space Impact on Student Learning," a maker space "offers a hands-on approach to learning by allowing students to experiment and invent as they dive deeper into learning science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts." 21st century learners want to be challenged and inspired in their learning as well as collaborate and work with their peers. A maker space would allow students to solve complex problems in real time to prepare them for their future in our ever changing society. Our maker space needs hand on manipulatives, building blocks, and engineering toys to make their own creations as well as engineering projects.
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