The MakerSpace that was constructed in the OLHMS library is an amazing way to have fun and learn at the same time. The space is now complete and ready for the staff and students of OLHMS to use and incorporate into their learning each day.
This section of the library was designed with the colors green, blue, and orange that are seen on our success indicator posters that hang throughout the school. As students work in the space they are focused on the success indicator skills that will not only lead them to be successful in their classes, but in their futures as well. These skills embrace the ideas of both the MakerSpace and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) movements. Through the space students will foster their skills as Critical Thinkers, Collaborative Workers, Self-Directed Workers, and Quality Producers. The students and staff of OLHMS would like to thank the D123 Education Foundation for this amazing new asset to our building.
While the colors on the walls are the most noticeable change, the philosophy behind this library space has changed as well. The OLHMS MakerSpace is currently divided into several stations that focus on students learning through innovation, play, and exploration. Currently the library is fortunate to have a station for Robotics, 3D Printing, Circuitry, Coding, Building, and the Arts. The robotics station allows student to explore their creativity through the building and programming of robots. Currently, students can build and program robots using the Cubelets Kits and Sphero.
The library is also looking forward to expanding this station in the near future with the addition of Lego robotics kits, such as the Lego Mindstorm.
The 3D Printing station allows students to design models using software such as Tinkercad, and ultimately print their designs on the Makerbot Mini 3D printer. At the circuit station students can create and design solutions to real world problems using many of the LittleBits Kits. LittleBits are small modular electronics that snap together with magnets. The LittleBits company has a goal to put the power of electronics in everyone’s hands, which is done in the MakerSpace.
One of the more popular stations so far is the coding station. As our building gears up for the Hour of Code during the week of December 7th, students will be using websites such as Code.org to learn basic computer programming and critical thinking skills. The Hour of Code is a nationwide movement that focuses on teaching students to code through the use of digital coding blocks. Each station is made to teach and give students a fun opportunity to collaborate, explore, and learn.
As we continue to expand the space, the OLHMS MakerSpace is open to any new ideas, and anyone can visit during school. The Students can now create and learn in the MakerSpace by signing up for the Makers Club, winning PBIS awards, and during their classes. Many of the school’s math and science teachers are excited about the new space, and look forward to incorporating the kits and stations into their lessons. The space will be officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the D123 Education Foundation in the new OLHMS Library MakerSpace.