A Makerspace for Rocky Run MS
What is a Makerspace?
See the video below, created by an elementary school librarian, for a more detailed explanation:
Why Do RRMS Students Need a Makerspace?
Our students are also busy! With many other commitments, some students find that there simply isn't enough time in the day to enjoy everything they do. With the addition of a makerspace, students will have the space, supplies, and hopefully time to develop their passion.
Finally, students need the opportunity to develop leadership skills. In makerspaces, students are able to show off their talents and help others develop those skills. Students who may not be as outspoken in the classroom may be able to find their voice in a more small-group setting and build their confidence. These are necessary skills that our incredibly talented students will need as they progress throughout life.
Maker Activities So Far...
Makerspace + Library = Perfection.
Also, in a makerspace, students naturally use an inquiry process: asking questions, being curious, and wanting to learn more. This is exactly what libraries are used for now - only we're focused now on reading and absorbing information. In a makerspace, students are focused on creating knowledge; that is, taking what they know and making something to demonstrate their understanding or application of a particular idea.
One of the aspects of a library that is most important is the idea of access. We provide all users access to all kinds of ideas, topics, and methods of learning. This also applies in a makerspace. Students' families may not have the financial ability to provide materials for all of their students' interests, or may not want to invest in something their student just wants to try out. This is where a makerspace comes in! With a variety of supplies geared for all kinds of projects and interests, a makerspace allows students to try something new, free of charge. The library is essential to providing access for all opportunities, whether it be reading, research, and now, making.
When can students use it?
Students can also sign up for Maker Time after school from 3:30-4:40 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Use the After School Website to sign up!
How Can Parents Get Involved?
Also let us know if you are a maker! Do you scrapbook? Build stuff? Do computer-related projects? Make videos? We are looking for parents to come in and teach some workshops to our students during Maker Time.
Questions? Email Librarian Rachel Grover (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details!