BSE MakerSpace Lab Coming Soon

BSE MakerSpace Lab Coming Soon
Posted on 03/07/2019
Student using MakerSpaceIn the spring of 2019, Bradie Shrum Elementary will have its first MakerSpace lab! This lab is designed to help teachers incorporate STEM activities into their classroom. Teachers will have the chance to sign up for the lab and take their students to work with a variety of materials and tools that help foster STEM education. Students will be able to build and design using materials such as K’nex Imagine, Code and Go Robot, Lite-Brite Magic Screen, Hexbug Nano bots, Dream Builder Classic Base Plates, and more! Students will also be able to design and create using a variety of everyday consumable items such as cardboard, newspaper, rubber bands, paper clips, and more. The MakerSpace lab is being made possible with grant money obtained from the Washington County Community Foundation Giving Tree Grant. Teachers Emily Johnson and Aaron Pickett each were granted funds to help purchase many of the materials in the lab. Facilities director, Matt Gorman, and Technology Specialist, Donald Stinnette, also received grants to help obtain STEM items and storage containers for the lab.

Emily Johnson and Aaron Pickett act as STEM Fellows for Bradie Shrum Elementary. They both have received STEM training through ROI (Regional Opportunity Initiative). They both attend different conferences and workshops throughout the year learning how to incorporate STEM education through novel engineering, coding, and a variety of other methods. They work with different companies in the area such as Crane Naval Base and Cook Polymer Technologies to learn about skills students will need as possible employees in the future. Upon returning to school, Johnson and Pickett collaborate with their peers to help spread the use of STEM education in the form of workshops, helping in other classes, and demonstrating different STEM activities.

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