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!
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!
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!
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!
We had our first Maker Club meeting of the school year, and students quickly jumped back into the “maker mindset”. The library has a lot of new technologies and crafts this year…and an hour was just not enough time for students to test out everything!
Students jumped right in to testing out the Spheros, checking out the newest littleBits, and learning how to use Tinkercad, a design program for our new 3D printer. Some students wanted to try everything, while some were happy to spend the hour just using one item.