What is the Makerspace?
Makerspaces are a new movement popping up in schools and libraries around the country. They are spaces where students and staff can, well, make stuff. That stuff could be anything from a thank-you card to a friendship bracelet to a robot. If you want to learn more about the Maker movement, here are some great places to start:
- Make magazine (paper copies now available at the AMS library!)
- The Unquiet Librarian
- Video: Introducing Makerspaces
- Video: What is a Makerspace?
Okay, so what about at AMS?
The Makerspace is open during advisory and after school. It is a craft area with supplies for students to use in developing their own creative projects, whether for personal interest or for class. We currently have:
- Raspberry Pi and Arduino
- Little Bits
- Paper craft supplies
- Sewing, knitting, and crochet supplies
- Duct tape
- A/V production equipment
Using the Makerspace:
Teachers and students are able to use the Makerspace either in the library or in the classroom.
Teachers: Arrange with the library staff to borrow the supplies you need. We would love to brainstorm projects with you!
Students: Due to staffing limitations, we are able to allow students to use the Makerspace only if:
- Students must submit a project plan in order to be allowed to work in the Makerspace.
- Students arrange a time when one of the library staff can be in the Makerspace to supervise.
Will the library staff be doing some amazingly cool workshops with students and staff to teach them about some possible Maker projects?
Yes, we will!