We now have a MakerSpace at Rancho del Rey Middle Library.
The vision of our MakerSpace is to provide an opportunity for students to extend their reading opportunities to tactile, STEAM related activites centered around the 4Cs: communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. Students read about characters who communicate, think critically, collaborate and create all the time. The MakerSpace will be an opportunity for students to apply their reading into a real life context. Our MakerSpace motto is "Reading Can Come to Life."
Breakout EDU Games- Communication, Critical Thinking & Collaboration
Breakout EDU Games are games for students of all ages. Students work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open locked boxes. The games are adaptable to any subject area. It's fun for everyone. It promotes collaboration and team-building. It develops problem-solving and critical thinking skills among many other skills. The games have become a major hit at the library. Students look forward to playing new games.
Arts & Crafts-Creativity
We expect to offer an arts and crafts workshop a minimum of one a month. We offered our first workshop in December. Students had the opportunity to create holiday decorations. The response was overwhelmingly positive. It was standing room only. We plan on holding a St. Valentine's themed workshop in Mid-February
Robotics- Communication, Critical Thinking, Collaboration & Creativity
Our MakerSpace will adapt an eclectic approach to robotics. A variety of resources and tools will be offered to meet diverse student needs. Special attention will be made to providing equal access to robotics curriculum. We will provide a curricular progression model. This will help us insure that our students learn foundational STEAM fluencies to prepare them for onging STEAM learning. We have currently partnered with Rokenbok Education to provide us with training and robotics equipment for our lab.
Reading & the MakerSpace Workshops: communication, critical thinking, collaboration.
Our MakerSpace has partnered with Rosen Publishing to provide students with access to a cutting edge eBook series titled Kids Can Code. The series consists of 26 coding titles. All of the titles are unlimited, simultaneous access. Students learn about computational thinking through hands-on activities that teach the most important aspects of coding in an age-appropriate manner. The MakerSpace will be hosting weekly workshops covering different titles in the series. Students who attend will participate in door prizes and special raffles. The series is available by going to the "eBooks" tab on the top menu and selecting Rosen.