What is a Makerspace?
The library’s Makerspace is laid out to encourage visitors of all ages to explore independently. Each day, library staff also plan and implement a daily focus activity that is a more formal discussion of a scientific topic.
Daily activities include challenges that promote collaboration and critical thinking, where staff encourage children to complete a specific task that relates to a scientific concept (e.g. building a bridge that holds something heavy, identifying an image under a microscope). Any visitor who attempts a challenge receives a free science-themed book.
6-8 STEAM-themed stations change weekly, and are open for visitors to explore independently. These stations relate to different elements of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The space also include a “free play” spot, where visitors can select from all available activities and explore what interests them.
The Makerspace promotes learning through open exploration, creativity and collaboration, while also encouraging children to apply and improve their literacy skills. These skills are vital to understanding STEAM concepts and lead to success in all subjects.
***The Makerspace is made possible thanks to grant funding from the Holmberg Foundation.***