Contributed by Lynn Domek, NBCT and elementary librarian
This year I wanted to create a sustainable MakerSpace in the library to be used at any time of the day for drop in students and whole classes. I took into account the President’s new initiative, “Computer Science for All,” to empower all American students from kindergarten through high school to learn computer science and to be active citizens in our technology-driven world. From “order makes sense” to inquiry-based thought processes in the existing curriculum, collaboration and creativity could be extended to the 750 students in our K-5 building.
Our students at Welch Elementary had been exposed to LittleBits circuits and Dash and Dot robots via participation in the Illinois State Library MakeIt@YourLibrary program. This exposure brought much excitement and collaboration to the Welch community. With the addition of Makey-Makey and Osmo, we were on our way to having a sustainable MakerSpace. But I was looking for something more.