Our campus moved to a combination fixed/flexible schedule, which has allowed our students additional opportunities to visit the makerspace outside of their normal library time. Currently, Monday and Fridays are open check-out days and have also become open makerspace days. Makerspace Monday and Fun Friday have become a way for students to have additional time to invent, create, and make. During these days students can visit the library with a makerspace pass. The pass is laminated and has a place for the teacher to write in the student’s name and amount of time they can visit the makerspace with a dry erase marker making the pass reusable.
Students may also participate in makerspace before and after school. Before school, students can join our makerspace club. Our club is split into three areas of interest. We have Creation Station for students who are interested in arts and crafts, a Robotics Club, and an Engineering Team. Each student decides their area of interest and their projects are based on their passions. After school, monthly library nights have allowed for parents to engage in makerspaces with their children.
Finally, collaborating with teachers to create classroom makerspaces that support state standards has been possible through flexible scheduling. For example, our second grade students are required to write procedural texts. Makerspaces such as Ozobots, drawing, and origami were taken into the classroom so students could walk their peers through an activity using a procedural text they wrote after using the makerspace.
- Trisha Hacker
Cedric E. Smith Elementary School, Magnolia ISD
Part 3 is coming soon. Stay tuned!