Schools are busy places and I think students (and teachers) of all ages can benefit from simply getting together and making ‘stuff’ – just for FUN!
Over the past couple of years I’ve had the opportunity to find out about the Maker Movement … in schools … and school libraries – and I’m hooked! Makerspaces bring together learning in a fun, unstructured, collaborative, let’s-have-a-go-and-see-if-it-works way.
In Makerspaces we …
… share materials, skills and ideas
… laugh a lot
… make mistakes – and have another go
… learn from each other
… have fun!
Why wouldn’t I want to develop one in the Library??
So – over the year I started to plot (plan) and gather a variety of things we can use.
The first to come out into the Library space is the Lego – a bulk, mixed lot sourced for a song (!) online (washed thoroughly in lingerie bags in the washing machine). I purposefully decided on an odd bulk lot because it has NO ‘how to’ booklets and is made up of odd mixed bits and pieces that aren’t meant to make any one particular thing.
The PALs debated the ‘best’ way to store it … by colour? size? one huge box? In the end we decided to give ‘rough’ colour groupings a go, with little specialty pieces in smaller tubs. If it doesn’t work we’ll simply try something else.
This meant sorting ALL the pieces – a painstaking task!
Hmmm … is there enough?
They will be stored in a trolley within the Primary Library Space – easy access and quick to put away. We hope! 🙂
The only thing left to do is to put it out and see what happens. How exciting!
Mrs H xo