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The Stewart Makerspace: How We Brought STEAM into our Program

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Part 1 of Alberta presentation. Revamp of Makerspace Workshop.
The story of the Stewart Makerspace journey, including a look at the purposes and intentions that went into creating the space. Practical guidance and steps to take when planning a makerspace, including advice on organization, procedures, space and examples of several different makerspaces. Includes a sample design challenge, as well as examples of some challenges and activities from our space.

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The Stewart Makerspace: How We Brought STEAM into our Program

  1. 1. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com THE STEWART MAKERSPACE How we brought Diana Rendina, MLIS Media Specialist, Speaker, Writer RenovatedLearning.com STEAM into our program
  2. 2. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com DIANA RENDINA, MLIS • Media Specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL since 2010 • Blogger @ RenovatedLearning & AASL Knowledge Quest • 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award • 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award • Author: • Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace - August 2017 • Reimagining School Libraries - Fall 2017 Portrait by Kimberly Yau
  3. 3. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com WHAT IS A MAKERSPACE?
  4. 4. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com A makerspace is a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials.
  5. 5. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com THESE ARE ALL MAKERSPACES
  6. 6. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com THE STEWART MAKERSPACE STORY Transforming our library
  7. 7. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com About Stewart • Public STEM Magnet Middle School • Hillsborough County Public Schools (8th largest district in USA) • Grades 6-8 • Urban location near downtown Tampa • Title 1 - 75% of students on free or reduced lunch • 30% Black, 33% Hispanic, 30% White, 7% Asian and Multiracial • 65% Male, 35% Female
  8. 8. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com March 2010
  9. 9. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com The only STEM in our library
  10. 10. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Discovering the Maker Movement
  11. 11. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Maker research
  12. 12. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Sharing vision = supplies!
  13. 13. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com The birth of our Makerspace
  14. 14. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com
  15. 15. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com CreaDvity in programs
  16. 16. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com A place to explore STEM
  17. 17. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com The corner before…
  18. 18. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com TransformaDon
  19. 19. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com The Stewart Makerspace
  20. 20. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com A TOUR OF THE STEWART MAKERSPACE And what’s in it
  21. 21. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Maker Room LEGO Wall Whiteboard wall LEGO/K’nex storageWhiteboard table InstrucZon/Flex space
  22. 22. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com THE MAKER ROOM Storage for supplies, projects, etc
  23. 23. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com THE EPIC LEGO WALL Making LEGOs into art
  24. 24. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com THE WHITEBOARD WALL A collaborative, interactive space
  25. 25. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com FLEX SPACE Whole class instruction, small groups, etc
  26. 26. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com MAKERSPACE TECH TOOLS Sphero, MaKeyMaKey, littleBits, Cubelets
  27. 27. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com What’s one idea you’ve seen so far that’s stuck out for you? How could you do something like that in your space?
  28. 28. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SCHEDULING When do students use the space?
  29. 29. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com FREE TIME USE Open for student use throughout the day on passes, during lunch
  30. 30. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com DURING SCHOOL CLUBS Lunches, Study hall time, etc
  31. 31. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS In depth projects & collaboration
  32. 32. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com WORKSHOPS Learning a new skill together
  33. 33. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com CIRCUIT BRACELET WORKSHOP
  34. 34. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com PURPOSE & INTENTION OF OUR SPACE
  35. 35. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com CollaboraDons
  36. 36. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Curriculum ConnecDons
  37. 37. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Open ExploraDon & Play
  38. 38. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com CreaDve Arts Experiences
  39. 39. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com InteracDve Learning Environment
  40. 40. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com STEM girls Club
  41. 41. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com GETTING STARTED: THE 5 QUESTIONS
  42. 42. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com THE 5 QUESTIONS • What are the goals of this Makerspace? • What does my school already have? • How much physical space do I have? • How will it be used? • Where will I get the supplies?
  43. 43. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com What are the goals of your space? • Supporting existing curriculum? • Filling in gaps in curriculum? • Open STEM exploration? • Providing a space for creative play? • Teaching Design Thinking? • Learning about electronics hands-on?
  44. 44. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com What does your school already have? • Maker related curriculum (ie robotics, engineering) • Art classes? • LEGOs in a storage closet • 1:1 computer or tablets?
  45. 45. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com How much physical space do I have? • Corner? • Storage room? • Classroom? • Cart?
  46. 46. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com How will your makerspace be used? • Open exploration? • Class collaborations? • Clubs? • Design Challenges? • Part of a fixed schedule?
  47. 47. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Where will you get the supplies? • District budget? • Supply drive? • Crowdfunding? • Grants? • Business partnerships?
  48. 48. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com THE 5 QUESTIONS • What are the goals of this Makerspace? • What does my school already have? • How much physical space do I have? • How will it be used? • Where will I get the supplies?
  49. 49. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com
  50. 50. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.comResources: DianaRendinaPresents.wikispaces.com Presentation resources

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