Maker Club Wraps Up!

The time has come…we had our last meeting of Maker Club yesterday. 😦 Students finished their fairy houses, perler bead projects, and littleBits creations. The fairy house project had been called “Miniature House Design” because honestly, I wasn’t sure that middle school students would want to make a fairy house. I thought they might be too cool for that. Turns out, they think they are cool, so calling them fairy houses didn’t bother anyone! Anyway, the fairy houses turned out awesome. The plan had been to showcase them at Highfield Hall next year, BUT a student just told me HH only runs their fairy house program every other year. BUT, why not bring the masses to Lawrence to showcase fairy houses?? I think we have a new idea on our hands!

When we first collected our nature materials, my office very closely resembled a forest…

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While I am glad to have my office back, the project really was very fun and I am excited to amp it up next year!

Enjoy some of the creations:

Welcome, June!

Wow, it’s June. The summer is SO close, and we’ve been busy in the library with projects! MCAS testing just finished, so the library is open again full-time. We FINALLY finished our Stick Together project, and Maker Club has started working on miniature houses made using materials found in nature (and in the library). Enjoy the pictures below of our last few weeks!

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Building miniature houses. Students are working on a mansion and a house boat!

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A 7th grader has started construction on a tree house

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In just one hour, this tree house looks AMAZING! Also, I can’t believe it’s standing!

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A group of Totoros using Perler Beads!

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IT’S FINISHED! 

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It’s that time of year…all library books are due FRIDAY!

Ain’t No Party Like a Meme Party!

In less than ONE MONTH all library books are due! And, you 8th graders might remember the memes that hung on every wall last year as a constant reminder to return your overdue books! The memes will be back this year…and better than ever!

My challenge to you: create an awesome meme for Ms. Hines to hang around school.

Rules:

  1. It must be APPROPRIATE! No violence or bad language!
  2. It needs to talk about overdue books, or returning books to the library.
  3. It should be silly!

Give me your BEST! Due by June 6th! See Ms. Hines for more details.

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Gracing the halls this June…AWKWARD SEAL!

I’ve Got An Idea!

I love seeing students’ creativity in the makerspace. I’ve mentioned before, the Perler Beads are a hot commodity. Many students find templates of their favorite characters online so they can copy that, but others wing it entirely and come up with some awesome designs! The particular student below always makes his own designs, and I thought this light bulb was just awesome…it looks straight out of a cartoon! Well done!

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Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a fantastic April vacation! Just about 2 more months until summer vacation (but who’s counting?). The library may seem different today, because…WE FINALLY GOT NEW CHAIRS (also some new books)!!

The LMC has had the same wooden chairs for about 20+ years, so I have been told. It was beyond time to get some newer furniture in here. With thanks to Falmouth Community School, we now have 60 new chairs! They are much safer, more comfortable and won’t break when students lean back in them, and easily stack for any maneuvering they might need when community organizations meet in here.

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We now have chairs at every table! 

This week MCAS testing will begin, and the library may have some strange hours. Nothing is set in stone yet, but keep your eyes, and ears open, for any news!

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Making some progress on our art project! 

Stick Together

We have a new library project for students (and staff)…Stick Together! Today a bunch of designs came in the mail and we can slowly piece the pictures together with stickers. It’s really a perfect craft project for this library since students are always coming and going. They can add stickers whenever they feel like it…just one sticker or many! We made a tiny bit of progress today on our first picture, and have found it very relaxing. Happy stickering!

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Hot Air Balloons will be our first Stick Together project!

Quickfire Challenge – Paper Airplanes

This week our Maker Club Quickfire Challenge was to create the best paper airplane. Students had 10 minutes and could choose from 3 different types of paper. They were able to look up tutorials if they wanted, but were not allowed to use any tape, staples, etc. Students found creative ways to crease the edges of their planes (placing the plane under a chair), and were ready to fly them down the hall when their time was up. The top 3 winners chose a candy prize!

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