Beginning in January, fourth- and fifth-grade students at GFJ began putting their minds to work in creating and building using makerspace items. For three weeks, students, with GFJ librarian Sue Carey explored, created, read and tested as they worked with snap circuits, created with straws and connectors, designed Origami, and used paper to fly airplanes. Students were given directions for making something but could also create their own project.
After each class, students completed a project check list that was used to write their project essay, which will be shared during library class as well as with their teachers.
Makerspaces give students the opportunity to design engineer, create and learn in small groups. Not only do students study all areas of reading, writing, math and science, hands-on activities show students how what they learn in books can be brought to life in the makerspace.