Our third graders are now in the process of creating a makerspace at Allendale Columbia School! What is a makerspace? In her book, Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School, author Laura Fleming writes, “A makerspace… is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects.” During the first semester of this school year, the third graders researched what a makerspace is and how it would enhance their learning as well as the learning opportunities for students in other divisions. After several months of researching and surveying students in each division, the third grade classes presented their proposal to the administration team.
The students were given permission to pilot a makerspace for the remainder of the school year. We are so excited to bring this opportunity to our students and community, but with the many possibilities of making and creating that this provides, we are in need of useful items that can be donated to our space. This is where we need your help!
There is a list of items we are hoping to include in this space and you can find the complete list by clicking here. If you are able to donate any of the items on our list, please email Erin Eder and Shari Ellmaker with information about your donation, and drop off items to the third grade classroom or in donation boxes located around Lower School.
There is another way you can help! We are looking for experts to share talents and skills with our students in the makerspace such as papermaking, knitting, wood burning, etc. If you are interested in sharing your expertise, contact us with that information as well.
We are so appreciative of our AC community and the support of our program. We look forward to the amazing and innovative ideas that the students will bring to life in the AC Makerspace!