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!

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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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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Maker Club Begins!

Yesterday, about 15 students came to the library for the first ever meeting of Maker Club. Students were given a few directions – clean up after yourselves, share the gadgets, be creative and don’t be afraid to fail, and have fun! I then let them loose to test out the littleBits, Sphero, and craft supplies including some coloring books promising to aid with stress relief. Students worked together and independently to create projects, whether from a set of directions or from their imagination. An obstacle course was built out of books and book trucks to drive the Sphero through, a working car was built out of the littleBits, radios were created out of circuits and iPhones, and more! The hour flew by and students asked for more time and more meetings! Right now we will be meeting once a month until the library has more supplies to cover demand. Next month I hope to offer challenges to the students to complete within the hour.

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Figuring out Sphero

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Getting creative with the ltitleBits space set