Think, Create, and Innovate!
Makerspace invades SCHS Library!
SCHS Library officially has a Makerspace area! Some might ask, "Exactly, what is a Makerspace?" The term "Makerspace" was coined by Dale Dougherty, who founded MAKE Magazine in 2005 and registered makerspace.com in 2011. "The term refers to publicly-accessible places to design and create." (Cavalcanti). You might also hear the space referred to as a hackerspace (started in Germany in 1995), a TechShop, or a FabLab (started at MIT in 2005). Even though these words seem to be used interchangeably, each term explains something that is a little different. However, they are all DIY spaces where people come together to collaborate, communicate and create. For more information you can access this article written by Gui Cavalcanti.
For our use at SCHS, however, a Makerspace describes a space that students, classes, or staff can use to think, create, and innovate! There are materials for jewelry making, drawing, writing, crafting, coding, building and more. We received a grant from Donor's Choose to buy Legos and Lego sets. We even have a few tools. The most unique component, however, is our Makerbot 3D printer. We have completed a couple of test prints through Thingiverse, but we are waiting on a computer powerful enough to use Tinkercad, which is a free 3D design site. With access to Tinkercad, students can design and print their own 3D objects.
Makerspace will be open for students before and after school from May 11 through May 29. We have a sign up sheet on the circulation desk. Please feel free to bring your class by the library for a tour or to sign up for a time.
From Library to Learning Commons - Learning With the End in Mind!
21st Century Learning
Everything we do at the SCHS Library, we do with the students in mind. We want them to be successful at SCHS, but also in the future as they take their next step whether it is to college or a career. The Learning Commons incorporates plenty of new ideas, but we are careful to maintain the "good things" that work for our school community. We will continue to provide research instruction and one on one follow-up, and encourage reading to prepare students for problem solving, designing and creating, goal setting, and finishing. The physical space and the philosophy of the library is changing to accommodate and incorporate the 21st Century Learning Standards. We have included group and independent learning areas, BYOD specific areas, and the Makerspace place, while we maintain the computer lab, the cafe area, the genre sections, the non-fiction print area, and the online resources.