The concepts of tinkering and making have intrigued me over the years since I started my educational career as a constructivist early childhood educator implementing elements of the Reggio-Emilio school of thought. I’ve been trying to find ways of bringing that to my library since I work with all students and staff since I find it an incredibly powerful and engaging tool. I’ve been reading and studying Makerspace for well over a year and and the incredible synchronicity of taking Nicole’s class at the ASTE conference this year and following up with the Kodiak conference. I have been implementing projects and alloting time for making in my library and this is the year in my personal timeline to make the jump into having a makerspace be a full time occupation. This conference and class has really been instrumental in refining my vision and motivation for bringing this idea into the real world. It is my time to step this up for students and staff and I’m looking forward to it!
Over the last two years I have been slowly moving to makerspace and project based learning in the library so my purchases have been geared toward that. My goals for this first year are to choose themes for students based on items and books I already have so that my budget can be devoted to expanding what I have and I can focus on getting kids to make the most out of their time in MakerSpace. Eventually, much of the choice and makerspace themes and items will be student determined, moving my role to that of facilitator rather than director. This year, I will develop a student survey to get feedback on what worked, what didn’t and preferences for future themes. Possible Makerspace Themes for 2016-2017 include the following:
storytelling, fiber arts, coding, gardening, papercraft, construction, blocks,
July 23- Aug 1
· Gather materials for 1st semester MakerSpace
· Put up bulletin boards to generate enthusiasm and response
o July 28 Library bulletin board
o July 31 Large and small Library bulletin boards
· Make sure I have enough cell phone vibrating motors and coin cell batteries for staff development project. Purchase if necessary.
· Purchase books for MakerSpace library checkout. See attached bibliography.
· Make project bags for Staff Professional Development
o Cut copper tape
o Copy templates
o Assemble 25 bags for staff development
Aug. 10 Staff Development
Present Maker thinking to staff
o 3 minutes to discuss Kodiak conference experience with Ron
o Overview of paper circuit lesson to staff with curriculum connections to grade level expectations
o 25 minutes for staff to create either origami bug or simple circuit card
o Present materials that are available in the library for teachers to use with classes
o Pass out sheet with classroom maker ideas that align with Core Curriculum and can be done in the room for early finishers, differentiation, centers, etc.
Aug. 15-17 Rotation 1
· Introduce students to maker thinking, behavior expectations for materials and library, icebreaker group-build project with blocks. Showcase new books in the library that relate to MakerSpace.
· Internet Safety/Digital Citizenship lessons
Aug. 18-22 Rotation 2
· Review previous lesson on maker thinking and expectations. Introduce how to use iPad and flipcameras to document block projects. Introduce block schematics and rubrics for students to use during book checkout time. Review book checkout procedures.
· Password Less Digital Citizenship lessons
· Meet with each grade level to determine in what order science and social studies units will be taught so I can align the first Minecraft group projects to their timelines.
Aug 23- Sep 12 (4 Rotations)
· Wood block and Lego maker time. Digital Citizenship/internet safety. Rotation 4 Assessment for internet safety and passwords. Students turn in rubrics for MakerSpace
Sep. 13- Oct. 13 (9 Rotations) This may get moved depending on testing schedule.
· Into the Computer Lab for Guided Minecraft Maker time. Introduction to MinecraftEdu virtual classroom behavior expectations and rubric for class project. 4th and 5th grades will be collaborative group builds. 3rd grade will have individual projects to work on. I’ll choose which project to start with based on the curriculum map each grade level chooses to work with for Science and Social Studies goals
· The goal of this project will be to familiarize students with MinecraftEdu tools and to practice and refine digital citizenship skills in a collaborative setting.
o 3rd grade projects-Redstone Rollercoasters, Water Cycle, Inventors and Inventing
o 4th grade projects- create an Alaska Native village, Rock Cycle, Landforms and Biomes-Animal Adaptation Project
o 5th grade projects- Colonial village build, Solar System Build, Build a Cell.
Oct. 14-Oct. 26
Duct Tape Space
Oct 26- Nov. 9
· Book Fair in the Library
· Back to the Lab for Introduction to Coding
o code. org learn algorithm
o scratch students choose from tutorial and create a project-assess with rubric
Nov. 10- Dec. 22
Papercraft-students will have explicit instruction in paper circuits and origami before going into the space.
Brief Bibliography for purchases to support student and teacher use of the Space.
What Do You Do With an Idea? Yamada, Kobi
What Do You Do With a Problem? Yamada, Kobi
The Dot, Reynolds, Peter
Going Places Reynolds, Peter
Rosie Revere, Engineer, Beaty, Andrea
The Most Magnificent Thing, Spires, Ashley
Art of Tinkering, Wilkerson, Karen and Patrick, Mike
Lego Idea Book, Lipkowitz, Daniel
Lego Awesome Ideas, Lipkowitz, Daniel
Lego Play Book, Lipkowitz, Daniel
Lego Adventure Books 1 & 2 Klang, Joachim and Bishoff, Tim
Lego Tips and Tricks, Klang, Joachim and Bishoff, Tim
Lego Technic Idea Book: Simple Machines, Isogawa, Yoshihito
Lego Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions, Isogawa, Yoshihito
Lego Mindstorms Idea Book, Isogawa, Yoshihito
Klutz, Lego Chain Reactions Craft Book, Murphy, Pat
Minecraft Building Handbook, Craft, Drake
Minecraft Creations Handbook, Kid, Gold
Minecraft Secrets, Minecrafter Kid
Minecraft Creative Handbook, Builder, Steve
Top Minecraft Seeds, Ardan, Chris
Minecraft Book of House Design, Minecraft Books
Minecraft Potions Handbooks, Hart, Brian
Minecraft: Christmas Construction, Hart, Brian
Blocky Builds, Builds, Steve
Python for Kids, Briggs, Jason R.
Ruby Wizardry, Weinstein, Eric
Super Scratch Programming Adventure, No Starch Press
Sylvia’s Super Awesome Project Book: Super Simple Arduino, Todd Sylvia
Flight School Levels 1-4, Harbo, Christopher
Art for Kids: Comic Strips, Roche, Art
Art Lab for Kids, Schwake, Susan
Tape It and Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities, Morgan, Richela F.
Paper Automata, Ives, Robert
Karakuri, Saka, Keisuke
Maker Cookbook, Wall Cindy
Repurposed Library, Occhipinti, Lisa
Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction, Austin, John
Kid’s Guide to Duct-Tape Projects, Rehwoldt, Sheri
Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas, Cerruti, Cindy
Ductigami, Wilson, Joe
Making Things Move, Roberts, Durstyn
Community Contacts: Amy Campbell, Heather Bauman
Finger Knitting Fun, Howell, Vicki
Loom Knits for Your Doll, St.Clair, Sherralyn
Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop, Anderson, Susan B.
Kids Weaving: Projects for All Ages, Swett, Sarah
Friendship Bracelets 101, McNeill, Suzanne
Parachute Cord Craft, Pepperell Co.
Crochet for Beginners, Besline, Annie
Weaving with Children, Fischer, Ute
Make Writing, Stockman, Andrea
Digital Storytelling, Ohler, Jason
Community Contacts: Denise Bowlan, University Extension Service Palmer
Gardening Projects for Kids, Hendy, Jenny
Oh Say Can You Seed? Worth, Bonny
Gardening Lab for Kids, Brown, Renata F
All New Square Foot Gardening with Kids, Bartholomew, Mel
The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids, Cohen, Whitney