Highlands Library Update

We're Making in the Library!

Last year saw the introduction of Library Makerspace Lunch Recess Times here at Highlands, and we're excited to continue developing creative, constructive activities for students in all grades with the goal of giving students play opportunities that help teach perseverance, teamwork, creativity, and tinkering.

We kicked off the year with a Catapult Design Challenge, moved on to construction activities with Legos, and will follow up with beading crafts.

This year, we are excited to have the opportunity to participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge, inspired by 9-year-old Caine, who's cardboard arcade ignited a global community around the idea of making and creative play.

Caine's Arcade

The Maker Movement in Boise Schools

During the 2015-16 school year, Maker activities will be introduced throughout the District. Centered in the library, these activities and materials will give students of all grade levels the chance to participate in activities that include storytelling, video production, engineering, coding, and digital art.

We're starting each school with the same foundation--a kit including a TableTop Media video studio, straws and connectors, Zoobs and Legos, MaKeyMaKeys, LittleBits, and a varitey of hands-on STEM, craft, storytelling, and media production tools. We're also excited to partner with the Imagination Foundation to help students, librarians, teachers, and staff connect with others.

If you would like more information about Makerspace activities in Boise School District Libraries, please contact your school librarian or the District librarian, Erin Downey.