We had our first meeting of Maker Club yesterday, and it’s off to a wild start! About 20 students showed up, mostly new members from the 7th grade. We started with our Quickfire Challenge after I went over some general rules for how the afternoon would run. Our Quickfire Challenge this month was a tower building competition. Students got into groups of 2-4 students and were given 10 Popsicle sticks, 10 straws, tape, and scissors. They had 10 minutes to use those supplies to build the tallest tower that was standing when the 10 minutes were up. Some students quickly realized the key to winning was building a strong base, others forgot that the heavier materials should not be on the top. Some teams had great teamwork and each had a role, and some teams worked independently and had trouble coming together at the end. The tallest tower ended up being 41″, and in 2nd place, 39″, so it was very close. The two winning teams got a candy prize and glow sticks!
When the challenge was over, students had about 40 minutes to try out all the gadgets. A lot of students were quickly drawn to the Spheros, littleBits, and 3D printer. It will take students some time to get used to using all the gadgets, and I suggested coming in at lunch time to become more comfortable with the technologies. We had 2 Spheros die, and are anxiously awaiting the replacements in the mail, so more students will have the opportunity to use them!
Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18!
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!
Building miniature houses. Students are working on a mansion and a house boat!
A 7th grader has started construction on a tree house
In just one hour, this tree house looks AMAZING! Also, I can’t believe it’s standing!
A group of Totoros using Perler Beads!
It’s that time of year…all library books are due FRIDAY!
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!
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!
Hot Air Balloons will be our first Stick Together project!
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, let’s show some love for the Lawrence LMC! Libraries are so important to people of all ages, and let’s show Massachusetts legislators just that! Come create a Valentine’s Day card in the library, for the library, and we will mail them to our state legislators. Spread the library love!
Creative station all set up for students to fill out their cards!
I decided to purchase Perler Beads this year. Library Media Specialist, Diana Rendina of Renovated Learning appeared to be having good success with them in her makerspace. I purchase a large tub of the beads and a few pegboards, and decided to see what would happen. A few students started trying them out, and throughout the past few months they have exploded! Everyone has been busy after school and during lunch creating new designs, including Pokemon, anime characters, animals, and symbols. I have even started my first design!
Not only has this been a very fun art project, but it has promoted teamwork in the library, and helped to create a calmer atmosphere. Students help each other find designs using the Chromebooks and assist one another in sorting beads so everyone has the colors they need. We’ve been having a lot of fun with this craft! It’s easy, calming, fun, and low maintenance, and the design possibilities are endless! I’ve recently ordered more pegboards and more black beads (the most popular color), so more students may enjoy this activity. Keep the creative juices flowing!
We had our December meeting of Maker Club yesterday, and WOW…we had 23 students attend! Usually attendance has averaged around 10 students, but 23!? …just, WOW! I was not at all prepared for that many students, but they all easily found something to tinker with and I didn’t even have to speak to anyone about sharing the gadgets. Students were learning how to use Tinkercad to design an object for the 3D printer, many raced Spheros down the hall outside the library, and littleBits and Perler Beads were also used! I envision this club growing even more in the next few months, so it looks like I will be purchasing some more gadgets!
Spheros, Tinkercad, and littleBits, OH MY!
Using littleBits to make A LOT of noise!
Having fun with Perler Beads!
Buddha Board and Tinkercad.
Spheros could be seen racing in the hallways.
The hallway proved to be the perfect race track!