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Everyday makerspaces: Low-tech, highly engaging library programming for youth

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These slides accompanied a July 2014 webinar for the Education Institute (Ontario Library Association).

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Everyday makerspaces: Low-tech, highly engaging library programming for youth

  1. 1. Everyday Makerspaces: Low-Tech, Highly Engaging Library Programming for Youth ! ! Amy Koester
  2. 2. Hi there! Amy Koester ! Children’s Librarian ! St. Charles City-County Library District in Missouri, USA
  3. 3. Today we’ll discuss… What constitutes a makerspace How makerspaces align with library goals Using a STEAM framework for maker activities Resources to help YOU make at your library
  4. 4. Today we’ll discuss… What constitutes a makerspace How makerspaces align with library goals Using a STEAM framework for maker activities Resources to help YOU make at your library
  5. 5. Today we’ll discuss… What constitutes a makerspace How makerspaces align with library goals Using a STEAM framework for maker activities Resources to help YOU make at your library
  6. 6. Today we’ll discuss… What constitutes a makerspace How makerspaces align with library goals Using a STEAM framework for maker activities Resources to help YOU make at your library
  7. 7. What is this “makerspace” thing?
  8. 8. Making is really an attitude. Explore new skills! Create something meaningful!
  9. 9. Makerspace = Interactive activities Variety of supplies Plenty of time (Space)
  10. 10. Makerspace = A sense of accomplishment & personal empowerment.
  11. 11. So how do makerspaces fit library goals? Programs & services Lifelong learners Community engagement The third space
  12. 12. Makerspaces are simply another iteration of the programming we already offer. !
  13. 13. Let’s talk maker programs.
  14. 14. STEAM as a Framework
  15. 15. The Maker Spectrum Low-tech = materials primarily on hand, minimal prior experience with the activities Medium-tech = some specialty materials, some prior experience with the activities High-tech = significant supplies investment, expertise is a huge plus
  16. 16. The Maker Spectrum Low-tech = materials primarily on hand, minimal prior experience with the activities Medium-tech = some specialty materials, some prior experience with the activities High-tech = significant supplies investment, expertise is a huge plus
  17. 17. The Maker Spectrum Low-tech = materials primarily on hand, minimal prior experience with the activities Medium-tech = some specialty materials, some prior experience with the activities High-tech = significant supplies investment, expertise is a huge plus
  18. 18. The Maker Spectrum Low-tech = materials primarily on hand, minimal prior experience with the activities Medium-tech = some specialty materials, some prior experience with the activities High-tech = significant supplies investment, expertise is a huge plus
  19. 19. Low-tech Maker Program: Build Something Gingerbread Houses Supplies: milk cartons graham crackers icing candy Engineering, Art
  20. 20. Low-tech Maker Program: Build Something LEGO Club Supplies: LEGO bricks (Building platforms) (Challenges) (Display space) Engineering, Art, Math
  21. 21. Low-tech Maker Program: Design Challenge Marble Run Mania Supplies: marbles recyclables scissors electric tape Science, Engineering, Art, Math
  22. 22. Low-tech Maker Program: Design Challenge Marshmallow Towers Supplies: mini marshmallows toothpicks design books Technology, Engineering, Art, Math
  23. 23. Low-tech Maker Program: Craft & Create Cardmaking Crafternoon Supplies: paper art supplies scissors, glue, & tape papercraft books Engineering, Art, Math
  24. 24. Low-tech Maker Program: Craft & Create Duct Tape Designs Supplies: lots of duct tape scissors duct tape craft books (internet access) Technology, Engineering, Art, Math
  25. 25. Low-tech Maker Program: Build a World Bonjour, Paris! Supplies: papercraft templates scissors, glue, & tape coloring utensils Engineering, Art image from made by joel
  26. 26. Low-tech Maker Program: Build a World Recycled Doll Houses Supplies: recycled cardboard old magazines scissors, glue, & tape dolls/figurines Engineering, Art, Math
  27. 27. Low-tech Maker Program: Build a World Playground Adventures Supplies: shoe boxes books on simple machines craft supplies & paint chips scissors, glue, & tape Science, Engineering, Art
  28. 28. Poll 1 What types of low-tech maker programs can you envision offering at your library?
  29. 29. Medium-tech Maker Program: Get Wired MaKey MaKey Supplies: MaKey MaKey kits computers with USB ports Science, Technology, Engineering
  30. 30. Medium-tech Maker Program: Get Wired Scratch Games Supplies: computers with internet access computer with projection capabilities Technology, Art, Math
  31. 31. Medium-tech Maker Program: Get Wired Squishy Circuits Supplies: Squishy Circuits kits conductive dough Science, Technology, Engineering, Art image from Make:
  32. 32. Medium-tech Maker Program: It’s Alive! Art Bots Supplies: cheap electric toothbrushes pool noodles craft supplies markers Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math
  33. 33. Medium-tech Maker Program: It’s Alive! Bristle Bots Supplies: Bristle Bot Party Pack kit side cutters & wire strippers race course Science, Technology, Engineering image from Anne Clark, www.sotomorrowblog.com
  34. 34. Poll 2 What types of medium-tech maker programs can you envision offering at your library?
  35. 35. No space? No problem! ! Mobile Makerspaces ! à la Karen Jensen @ Betty Warmack Branch Library (TX) image from Teen Librarian Toolbox
  36. 36. Don’t forget to tap community partners! ! Local Businesses, Tech Startups, & Non-profits ! à la Justin Hoenke @ Chattanooga Public Library (TN)
  37. 37. Find your best resources.
  38. 38. Online Resources Make It @ Your Library Blogs Teen Librarian Toolbox so tomorrow Imagine | Make | Play search “library + maker” wikiHow
  39. 39. Community Experts Local children’s/science museums Local artists STEM-area businesses Hobby societies
  40. 40. Raid Your Non-fiction Stacks! Find those how-to books! Think about what topics will pique kids’ interests
  41. 41. Purchasing Supplies Consider how you can repurpose and/or add on to what you already have Peruse your local dollar store Always solicit reviews & recommendations
  42. 42. Seeking Donations LEGOs Gently used equipment Financial contributions Friends of the Library image “OIC—Donations” by flickr user Joe Schueller, Creative Commons licensed
  43. 43. Poll 3 What maker/STEAM resources are you going to tap following this webinar?
  44. 44. Go forth and make!
  45. 45. Questions? Comments? Ideas? ! Let’s chat! ! @amyeileenk ! amy.e.koester@gmail.com ! http:// showmelibrarian.blogspot.com image “Question Box” by flickr user Raymond Bryson, Creative Commons licensed

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