Elementary Makerspaces!

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Elementary Librarians to Follow

Librarian/TwitterBlogLibrary or School District
Andy PlemmonsExpect the MiraculousBarrow Media Center
David SaundersDesignSaundersThe Greenwich Country Day School
Shawna FordContinuously Learning in the LibraryFormerly at Curtis ES Library, now Future Ready Learning Coordinator
Nancy Jo LambertMcSpedden Elementary Library MakerspaceFormer ES, now Reedy High School Library
Cynthia AlanizLibrarian in Cute ShoesCoppell Isd
Todd BurlesonA Zen LibrarianHubbard IDEA Lab
Molly Magro(Not blogging yet, but great Twitter feed!)
Tina BerumanCannon ReadsCannon Elementary School Library
Nan StifelCHS Short StacksConcord Hill School
Tracy RiceElementary LibGuideLeanderisd
Collette J.A Wrinkle in TechSpring Ridge Elementary School Library
Donna MacdonaldOrchard School Library MakerspaceOrchard School Library
Heidi NeltnerLearning in ProgressJohnson 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 TPT50 STEM Activities for Kids – mostly Pre-K through K/1Engineering 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 projectsDIY.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/TwitterSite/BlogInteresting Links
Josh BurkerJosh Burker blog
Karly MouraTeaching, Tech, and Twitter
Jess MalloyPlano IsdTeacher of the Year Award
Carol of Teachers Are TerrificTeachers Are TerrificCarol’s Teachers Pay Teachers Site
Krissy VensodaleVenspired

 

Amazing Professors teaching Teachers and Librarians

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

 

Homeschool Resources

 

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