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Makerspace PTA presentation


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Explains the vision and justification for parents to get involved with the school library's makerspace.

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Makerspace PTA presentation

  1. 1. A Makerspace for Rocky Run Rachel Grover, Librarian
  2. 2. What is a Makerspace? A place where students can explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects for academic or personal reasons. It sparks curiosity and engages critical thinking. Students can come together to share their knowledge and connect with others who have similar interests.
  3. 3. How does a Makerspace relate to learning? “Through making, students are learning vital 21st century skills like innovation, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. These skills can help increase their success in all classes.” - Diana Rendina Fits many FCPS Portrait of a Graduate categories
  4. 4. FCPS Portrait of a Graduate
  5. 5. Making in the “Real World” Source:
  6. 6. Libraries and Makerspaces Supports the mission of libraries to enable lifelong learning and to support knowledge creation in their schools “Library Makerspaces are rooted in the core of librarianship - resources, inquiry, creativity, and discovery that follows one’s own passion and interests.” - Kyungwon Koh, U. of OK
  7. 7. Libraries and Makerspaces Access! Some students may not have the materials (or time!) at home to develop their creativity or try new projects. This is similar to the idea of providing access to all types of print & online resources for personal and academic pursuit. We want our students and staff to know that the library is about learning, creating knowledge, trying something new, and collaborating with others.
  8. 8. Vision for Rocky Run MS Big-Picture Target: To elevate the library as a learning centered space in our school community Goal SY 2016-2017: Launch a functioning makerspace in the library for students to productively create knowledge individually & collaboratively. Looking Ahead: The makerspace will be an integral part of learning and innovation at Rocky Run before, during, and after renovation.
  9. 9. Vision for Rocky Run MS STUDENT run & STUDENT focused A place for staff to learn, too! When: During Rock Time, before/after school, pass-based system, but available for whole-class use STEAM-focused, including crafts, electronics, and design. (More to come!) Early June: Schoolwide 7th grade survey to gauge student interests
  10. 10. “The more my students tinker, the more risks they take, and as they become risk-takers, they grow into collaborative innovators.” - Colleen Graves
  11. 11. Where does the PTA come in? Makerspaces have the potential to revolutionize the way we approach teaching and learning. Parents’ support of students’ learning is vital to their success. Do you (or someone you know) create? Make? Design? Come do a workshop or video to share your knowledge with students! Fund the foundation of our supplies!
  12. 12. Initial Supplies to Fund (Approximately) Priority $800 Non-Priority $600 Total $1,400 Priorities include: - Glue/glue sticks - Markers - Scissors/Tape - Paper (all kinds) - Legos - Sharpies - Building Kits - Electronics Non-Priorities include: - Stamps - Silhouette Cameo - Mod Podge - Magnetic Poetry - Paint/paintbrushes
  13. 13. Questions & Thanks!