2016-17 Makerspace is Off and Running!
Our Makerspace is off to a strong start for the 2016-17 school year. It took us over a month to get rolling because of the basic craziness of the start of the school year. Throughout the month of September, last year's Makers would come in and ask me if we could get started. Because we meet during lunch break, I encouraged them to go outside and enjoy the warm weather while they could, but by the beginning of October we were ready to start our Makerspace lunch breaks again.
Because of staffing changes in our building, we are only able to be open three days a week this year. This actually has some benefits to the students: They have to find other things to do twice a week (like socialize or play outside!), and they have to remember and stick to the schedule. Both are good for them. So, we are open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during lunch break.
We started out with "Free Choice." The kids could come in and use the supplies available to build whatever they wanted. We had so much creativity happening in our Makerspace area! And our momentum from last year picked up. We were averaging at least a dozen kids in here at a time.
Our Makers from last year started asking for a challenge, so I posted the "Popsicle Architecture Challenge." They had the first two weeks of November to build the tallest tower using only popsicle sticks and hot glue. (Stay tuned to see how that turns out - there is some really interesting learning going on!)