Happy Birthday, Stewart Makerspace

January 29, 2014 - The birth of our Makerspace
January 29, 2014 – The birth of our Makerspace

One year ago today, I took a leap that one change my life.  One year ago, I took three bins of K’nex out of our storage closet, dusted them off, and put them out on our library tables.  I didn’t have an action plan. I wasn’t sure how my students would react.  I didn’t know where it would take us.  I had no prompts, no policies and procedures, no instruction manual on how to start a Makerspace.  But I took the risk anyhow.  And this simple decision to just go for it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for my students, my library and myself.

One of our pop-up makerspaces from last year
One of our pop-up makerspaces from last year

The journey of this last year has been amazing.  My students have connected with other students and makers through Skype and Google Hangouts.  We planned our first mini Makerfaire together and received a warm reception from our school community.  We got new STEM books, won a littleBits pro library and received a grant for new furniture.  We had nine DonorsChoose projects funding over $5,000 worth of supplies.  We built an Epic LEGO wall and painted a whiteboard wall.  Our after-school STEAM club has connected with Colleen Graves’ students at Lamar Middle School on design challenges, sharing our projects through Google Hangouts.  We’ve shared our story with the world through Twitter, Instagram, Vine, here on this blog and at state and national conference presentations.

Our library in action
Our Makerspace at one year old

Some things worked, some things didn’t.  Some days there were LEGOs all over the floor.  Sometimes LEDs broke.  Projects would fall apart with the first prototype.  But we persevered.  We kept going.

All of this has happened in the last 365 days.  I can’t wait to see what the next 365 will bring 🙂

Happy Birthday, Stewart Makerspace.

2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Stewart Makerspace”

  1. This is so inspiring! We are on our own Makerspace journey here in NH and are excited to see what kinds of changes will happen for us over the next year. We have a few tools, but with support from the Principal, Superintendent and PTO, we are hoping to build our collection in the next couple of months!

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