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Creating Engaging Middle School Maker Days in Your Library Makerspace

Creating Engaging Middle School Maker Days in Your Library Makerspace

Finding ways to get our middle schoolers into our library makerspace can sometimes be challenging – especially in a pandemic.  Last year, we expanded our existing makerspace programming into afterschool Maker Days twice a week and it’s been a huge success.  This year we’re continuing to grow by incorporating maker activities into the 6th grade science curriculum.  Learn how we created design challenges and found fun activities that engaged our students in design and creativity. 

Presented at Florida Council of Independent Schools Virtual Conference, November 5, 2021

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Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library MakerspaceChallenge Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace

My book that I co-wrote along with Colleen and Aaron Graves.  Much of this presentation is based off of the content of this book, so if you find this presentation valuable, you’ll probably like the book too.

In this book, we go into depth about how to create a maker culture within your school, develop an interactive learning space and more.  We discuss the logistics of hosting maker workshops, creating design challenge prompts and documenting the learning process.



Our IDEAlab and Makerspace:

Maker Days themes

Best Practices for Makerspaces

Design Challenges at Stewart Middle Magnet School (my previous school):

Curriculum Connections:

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