Friday, August 28, 2015

Create, Invent, Learn in the library!

This year we hope to make the library a true hub for student creativity and ingenuity!  Please stop in as the year progresses to visit our new "makerspace," a space for students to experiment and create with a variety of technologies.

If you are not familiar, makerspaces are: "creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more."

The LCS makerspace will focus at first on basic computer programming (SCRATCH and other object oriented languages) with small programmable robots attached to computers.  Students are invited to come to the library to experiment with programming, create with photoshop, and invent their own creative projects.  We will also be working with classroom teachers to provide creative Science challenges for students.  If you have ideas or supplies, we are really looking forward to hearing from you.  We will also be borrowing the BOCES 3D printer for students to experiment with.  We will not have craft or hardware supplies at this time.  Ours will be focused on technology.

This space will be a slow work in progress.  Students must be "into" inventing and working quietly in the area set aside for creating.  Please see library staff for information on passes to the library for makerspace activities.  We will also have a programming station in the elementary library for students to develop programming skills.

We hope these spaces grow and become school-wide collaborative places for students to experiment and invent.  

See you all next week and welcome back!