Makerspace Grand Opening

September 23, 2016

The Makerspace grand opening occurred at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.  The event was kicked off by two students cutting a giant red ribbon tied across the door (using comically large scissors).  Children, parents, and staff streamed in.  Troy Mathews, the artist in residence who helped the 2016 5th grade class create the beautiful Makerspace sign was in attendance.  For us, the measure of success was the excitement and enthusiasm bubbling from the children as they begin to explore and discover all of the different learning stations available to them.  Children began taking apart electronics in the Reverse Engineering corner, creating their own artistic creations, building inventions from miscellaneous items in the Invention Corner, and trying to solve some "engineering challenges" posed by our Imagineer boxes.  After many months of collecting suggestions from students, staff, and parents, planning, painting, organizing and assembling, it was so gratifying to see children get immediately to "work" in the Makerspace.  As we moved around the room, we overhead student comments - "I want to go here every day".  "The Makerspace is my favorite place to learn.  I love it!"  The entire event was captured in an article by Jillian Daley in the LO Review.  The article can be found by following this link.




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