At the end of the 2015-16 school year, third and fourth grade students spent time designing a new learning space. They used ideas from other schools, as well as a tour of the physical space to create their plans. By the years end we had a thirty six page document that included ideas from one hundred students! Over the summer I worked to break these ideas into major groups and respond to as many ideas as possible with the conversion of our old computer lab to a Makerspace. I reached out to families in the community, and many people spent time over the summer contributing to create the space RES students envisioned.
As with any learning space, we know that the layout and function will adapt to the needs of students...but as we begin the year...we are excited by all the possibilities this new space holds. Students have been visiting the space with their classroom teachers. Here is a peek into what they have found!
Standing and sitting tables for making.
We cannot wait to see what students will make!
If you want to know more about the Makerspace, or become involved in collecting materials, or help to make challenges for students. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.