Makerspaces come to General McLane

Posted on December 15, 2016, in Academics, Lancer Life

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Gone are the days where libraries expanded imagination and creativity through only books and publications. Now, libraries are incorporating makerspaces for student enrichment and these have officially made their way to General McLane School District.

A makerspace is a sharing space where students gather to create, invent, discover — and most importantly, try something new through various tools and materials. Students use errors and failures to achieve success in the activities. Depending on the space, time and resources available, each makerspace varies and is unique to the school.

In its first year, McKean Elementary School has five Science, Technology  Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) stations throughout the room. Each station has 6-10 different activities that are available for students to choose. From Experiment Labs to coding a mouse to grab the cheese to making something awesome in the Creation Station, students are encouraged to imagine, create, build and explore.

The stations were implemented in the beginning of the year for students in grades first through fourth. Students in Kindergarten will be introduced to specific activities in the next few weeks. The activities are the same for each grade, however, there is variation in levels to accommodate students as they progress.

Students use the stations during the last 15-minutes of their library visit. Third and fourth graders also have the opportunity to use participate in a STEAM Recess.

A space is also making its way to James W. Parker Middle School, with hopes to be up and running during second semester. JWPMS librarian Christine Massey in the midst of collaborating with various teachers to make this a school-wide project and is currently collecting supplies from the community. Supplies include legos, craft supplies, Kinex, magnets, etc. The Scholastic Book Fair will also have some kits.

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