MakerSpace and Tinkering Lab

Our school MakerSpace and Tinkering Lab (MSTL) was put together with items we found in our homes, classrooms and around the school. We made circuits using a few inexpensively purchased materials, found a great deal on eBay on Snap Circuits (A retiring teacher was selling 4 kits for a song!), added Lincoln Logs we had in our homes, and an assortment of art supplies, some traditional and many not traditional. Anything we had that we weren’t sure what to do with, we put in the MakerSpace. Our cabinets were found in the school and we happily found a use for them.
The second graders love exploring in the MSTL and below they share what they chose to explore.

Scribbling Machines!

What do you get when you combine tape, markers, a battery, rubber bands, a motor, a container, 2nd graders and imagination? You get some very fun, kinda crazy scribbling machines. We had a great time in our new School Maker Space putting these together and testing them. We look forward to repeating this activity over and over again! Take a look at our first attempt.

What’s in the Bag?

Embracing the Maker Movement and encouraging Creativity, I have created a Website, to share projects and other ideas. Our first idea, “What’s in the Bag?” gave students a brown bag with an assortment of items. They were tasked with creating something with the items in the bag (and the bag could be used as well) and three additional items from home. They were to bring the creation back to school to share with the class. The creations were amazing and all very different. I was thrilled and amazed with what the children came up with. I can’t wait to try this again!

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DENSI2014 Maker Faire

The first DEN Maker Faire was a huge success. A big thank you goes to Kristy Vincent for all of her planning. A great number of DEN STARS brought many amazing and different craft/maker projects to share. There were MANY highlights. Here are just a few –