Elementary Makerspaces!

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Elementary Librarians to Follow

Librarian/Twitter Blog Library or School District
Andy Plemmons Expect the Miraculous Barrow Media Center
David Saunders DesignSaunders The Greenwich Country Day School
Shawna Ford Continuously Learning in the Library Formerly at Curtis ES Library, now Future Ready Learning Coordinator
Nancy Jo Lambert McSpedden Elementary Library Makerspace Former ES, now Reedy High School Library
Cynthia Alaniz Librarian in Cute Shoes Coppell Isd
Todd Burleson A Zen Librarian Hubbard IDEA Lab
Molly Magro (Not blogging yet, but great Twitter feed!)
Tina Beruman Cannon Reads Cannon Elementary School Library
Nan Stifel CHS Short Stacks Concord Hill School
Tracy Rice Elementary LibGuide Leanderisd
Collette J. A Wrinkle in Tech Spring Ridge Elementary School Library
Donna Macdonald Orchard School Library Makerspace Orchard School Library
Heidi Neltner Learning in Progress Johnson Elementary Library


BEST Resources for Elementary School Makerspaces

Makerspace Centers in 40 Minutes – Blog post by Mrs. J in the Library about offering makerspace and/or STEM activities on a fixed library schedule. Makerspace Library Centers on TpT by Mrs. J in the Library
– littleBits™ circuits, plus FREE littleBits™ 101 Task Cards,
– GoldieBlox™ building,
Marble maze building,
FREE Coding Center,
Paper circuits,
Electric sewing,
Journal making, and others
Circulating Maker Kits – Blog post by Mrs. J in the Library on different kits students can check out, including free MARC records
More Circulating Maker Kits on TpT by Mrs. J in the Library
– GoldieBlox™ building,
– Marble maze building,
– Paper circuits, and
– Electric sewing
Maker Bridge – “community for anyone interested in makerspaces, especially in libraries and schools.” Makerspaces.com – This guy has a pretty great Twitter feed, can’t wait to see what the webpage is like!
Tinkerlab– Lots of great Science experiments and art activities. K-12 Fab Labs & Makerspaces Google Group (heavily skewed towards secondary, but still lots of great ideas & colleagues) K-12 Fab Lab & Makerspaces Resource Website
STEM Challenges – Bundle on TPT 50 STEM Activities for Kids – mostly Pre-K through K/1 Engineering is Elementary – Engineering Curriculum developed by the Museum of Science in Boston.  Lesson ideas by grade level!
Make It! @ Your Library – Website for public libraries, but has MANY low-tech, low-cost projects DIY.org – A whole website of projects for young students to do and share with the community, has badges for levels and achievements.


Great Pinterest Boards


Also, check out Mrs. J in the Library’s project and material-specific Pinterest boards: 





FREE Resources


STEM Facilitators in Elementary Schools

Teacher/Twitter Site/Blog Interesting Links
Josh Burker Josh Burker blog
Karly Moura Teaching, Tech, and Twitter
Jess Malloy Plano Isd Teacher of the Year Award
Carol of Teachers Are Terrific Teachers Are Terrific Carol’s Teachers Pay Teachers Site
Krissy Vensodale Venspired


Amazing Professors teaching Teachers and Librarians

Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager, Authors of “Invent to Learn Invent to Learn website
Kristin Fontichiaro Kristin Fontichiaro’s Blog – Active Learning
Make to Learn (Twitter) Make-To-Learn Initiative website
AnnMarie Thomas, Author of “Making Makers Squishy Circuits project website
Dr. Leah Buechley, Author of “Sew Electric Leah Buechley website


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