SWJH Media Center

Week of December 15-19

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Maker Space is coming to SWJH Media Center! HELP US!

Many people have heard of the maker space movement and it may be brand new to others. It is a topic that I have been researching for the last year and learning more about. Recently, I attended the TIES Conference in Minneapolis - all they talked about were maker spaces and allowing creativity in school media centers. It is no longer a space where quiet is the expectation, but instead, movement, creativity, and innovation! I am thrilled to bring this opportunity to Shakopee West Junior High and will make it a goal to search for resources and funding to make it a thriving learning space. If anyone has materials or ideas to share, please contact me: Bruce Finke, Media Specialist, Shakopee West Media Center, bfinke@shakopee.k12.mn.us.

Possible materials to donate: duct tape, yarn, knitting supplies, legos, rainbow loom, loom bands, puzzles, Spheros, makerbots, comics, magazines, k'nex kits and supplies, paper towel and toilet paper tubes, egg cartons, construction paper, beads, pipe cleaners, artist paint, play-doh, and anything else you think students can be creative with!

A definition:

Maker spaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more.

- Open Education Database

Maker spaces bring play, creativity, collaboration, invention, passion, and give our students a voice.

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It was a great 2014!

Thank you for an awesome year so far! I look forward to assisting students and staff as we begin another year of learning and researching after winter break. Enjoy your winter break no matter what you celebrate. Travel safely. Relax and enjoy your family and re-energize yourselves as we begin 2015!
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