Creative thinking, problem solving, engineering skills, spatial skills as well as social skills were demonstrated. All 2nd graders participated, with other grades to follow later this year.
My contention is that creativity is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.
Sir Ken Robinson
Building with straws and connectors was an inexpensive, fun way to kick off our Maker Space time in the library. After reading the book, The Most Magnificent Thing, a story about a girl who wants to make something she sees clearly in her mind, students let their imaginations and creativity take over. Kids could use an idea page to figure out how to turn a small "blueprint" into a finished product, but most just built whatever came to mind. I loved hearing the kids discuss their plans and work together. It's safe to say that they all wanted more time to build and create.
I am the librarian at Spicewood, and this year we're joining the maker movement. Maker spaces come in all shapes and sizes, and are not defined by a specific set of materials or spaces, but rather a mindset of collaboration and creation. Libraries are about learning and access to materials, and maker spaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, build, create and tinker as they engage in extended STEAM opportunities. Our makerspace is in the beginning stage this year. Let's see where it goes!