Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School Library
Jennifer Gordon, Librarian
Think, Create, Make - Makerspace Challenges - Big and Small
A few years ago, our technology director came to me with a question : Had I ever thought about creating a Makerspace in the Library? The answer was simple : yes! I’d already had the idea brewing in the back of my head, I just wasn’t sure how I wanted to work it into my schedule and my space. I took a few months to tinker, do a little bit of research, and test out my plans with a couple of classes. Fast forward to now: my students have a variety of opportunities to THINK, CREATE, and MAKE!
S - Pom Pom Launchers: Can you build a device that launches a pom pom into the air? Once your launcher is complete, how accurate can you be when aiming at a target?
T - Kamigami Robots: Can you design an obstacle course? Once your course is complete, can you create a code for your Kamigami robot to move through it?
E - Cardboard Mazes: Can you design and construct a maze using cardboard for your HexBugs to race through?
A - Hula Hoop Weaving: Can you work together to weave circular rugs using t-shirts and hula hoops?
M - Origami: Can you follow step-by-step instructions to construct an origami shape?
S - Cardboard Reading Nook: Can you construct a reading nook out of cardboard?
Around the School - Makerspace isn’t just happening in the Library! Lower grade students have a STEM block where they get to try out different technologies and challenges throughout the year. Some upper grade classes have included an engineering challenge into their week. Our technology teacher has really embraced the maker movement this year and has a wonderful selection of robots for the students to use. Our art teacher loves challenging students through art. We have an elective block for students where they can sign up to participate in our Innovation Lab. At the end of the year, we culminate our learning with a whole school STEAMS Expo centered around a specific theme. I could go on and on! BBCPS has thinking, creating, and making EVERYWHERE!
How do you THINK, CREATE, and MAKE in your schools?