Students dive into Makerspace
Thanks to a generous grant from the UEEF, the AGM library, coordinated by librarian Carrie Potter, now has its own makerspaces center for first- through fifth-grade students focusing on STEM, reading and writing.
Students who have extra time during their book exchange can use exploratory play to create and build structures out of the Makerspaces commonly shared materials, working individually or as a team.
Makerspaces is a concept that takes the library as being a depository for books and shows what can be created with the information within the books. It is a DIY space where students can gather to create, invent and learn. It is learning by doing, using your hands and your mind, as well as a way to discover talents.
Items purchased were selected to tap into various multiple intelligences, including Legos, magnetics, checkers, tic-tac-toe, magnetic hangman, Spirographs, Magna-tiles, fashion, action and flake plates, ink stamping, magnetic poetry, and games like Loaded Questions.
The AGM library also has books on many of the makerspace topics, so that children who are interested in a certain topic may delve further, possibly even finding something that might end up directing them towards a specific career.
Makerspace is the true essence of our commencement goals and Common Core as it encourages students to be lifelong learners, forging their own path and educational passion.