We wanted a project that was student driven, less teacher-centered. We found marble runs on many websites, including Pinterest and Make It @ Your Library. We sliced up some pool noodles and pipe insulation, bought marbles, laid out the blue tape and paper rolls - and let them create!
The second session of Maker Space - we attempted Origami. Having very limited skills myself, I found this hard to teach! I mastered a paper airplane and the fortune teller but not much else. My assistant became quite handy at making tiny stars! I'm not real jazzed about doing this again, to be honest.
My principal had purchased Snap Circuits kits the year before for teachers to use in their classrooms. They sat untouched in my back room so I brought them out for Maker Space. We used Snap Circuits Junior for Kinder through 2nd grades. We added Snap Circuits Light and Green for the older students in 3rd - 5th. I have 5th grade helpers who come in the afternoon to assist with Kinder and 1st grade students.
I'm the librarian at Fern Bluff Elementary. We're piloting a Maker Space in the library this year. Maker Spaces, STEAM labs and fab labs are popping up in schools across the country. Maker Spaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering.I'm going to share what works and what doesn't.