Carlisle Library Newsletter
Special Issue May 2015
Makerspace@ Carlisle Library
Greetings Carlisle Parents,
What is a Makerspace?
The Do It Yourself (DIY) mentality has been around for a while now and I think that Makerspaces gradually came out of that movement. The idea is to motivate people to become producers instead of consumers, that includes our children.
“Many libraries are offering places called “Makerspaces,” which are “part of a growing movement of hands-on, mentor-led learning environments to make and remake the physical and digital worlds. They foster experimentation, invention, creation, exploration, and STEM learning” (Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2012, para.1).
Why a Makerspace?
I first realized how much students enjoyed creating during National Engineering Week. Moreover, I found out during 'engineering week' that many of our students from K-5 knew what an engineer was. Even our youngest students knew that engineers invent, design and create things. When I asked them how they knew this, many of our students told me that their parent(s) were engineers. I think a Makerspace will be a natural fit for our community.
Vision & Goals
A Makerspace will help develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in our students. It will allow them to increase their learning potential in a safe environment through exploration, discovery and creating.