Makerspaces in the Elementary Libraries
What are makerspaces? Makerspaces, simply put, are where students gather to make and create with technology and assorted materials. In makerspaces, students share supplies, skills, ideas and often work together to make or build projects.
The learning in these spaces varies widely from creating, building and programming robots, creating structures with Legos, putting together three dimensional puzzles, and designing objects with 3D printers. These makerspaces rely heavily on today’s technology. The maker movement in libraries and classrooms today is about our students thinking creatively on their own.
STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art and math) has quickly embraced these spaces and technologies. When most people think of libraries, they think of books. Today's libraries are more than books. Libraries are places for the entire school community to be engaged. Recently, libraries have begun to develop places for design and to do activities that both teach and empower their students.