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Thinking About Tinkering: Donations Requested for Makerspace(s)

Friday, May 4, 2018

Art teachers Mary Iannone and Annie Rocha recently attended a STEAM conference (focused on the integration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math) at the National Cathedral School to help gain knowledge for our Makerspace program for the coming school year. Gifts to Annual Giving help make professional development opportunities like this possible. At the conference, Mary and Annie networked with a variety of teachers from many different grade levels and subject areas, and even met a few teachers that pioneered the program for the Makerspaces in their own schools. They came away with some interesting ways to integrate math, science, and technology in the art room, including learning aspects of simulated interior design, watching kids working in a "tinkerlab" taking apart old electronics, creating miniature robots with computer programming tools, and observing a project made with a laser cutter for a collaborative history project focused on civil rights.

Although we will be integrating technology and tools into our makerspace, Mary and Annie learned that it is also important to have access to a variety of hand tools, recycled materials, and old unneeded electronics. We will begin collecting these materials now as well as over the summer to help supply the room for the new school year. Here is a list of what we need:

  • Tools: hammers, screwdrivers, drills, scrap wood, hand saws, sanders/sandpaper, pliers, tweezers
  • Recycled materials: baby food jars, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, cardboard boxes, styrofoam (pretty much anything that can be recycled and is usable — similar materials as needed for junk art)
  • Any and all electronics that can be taken apart to observe and learn from.

These donated materials can be brought to the Makerspace room downstairs in The Logan Loft. Thank you in advance!

We also are still eager for donors who can help us staff The Logan Loft Makerspace as well as the Wonderlab for JK-1st grade students. For more information, please contact Michele McCabe at michelem@burgundyfarm.org.