Makerspace at SAMS

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Great things are happening at South Amherst Middle School!

Recently, a Makerspace center was was added to SAMS to provide students a hands-on, creative way to design, experiment, build and invent in a school environment. It is a place for making, collaborating, learning and sharing designs with each other. A Makerspace allows students to deeply engage in activities relating to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) while preparing them for 21st century skills. It fosters critical thinking skills and can even boost self-confidence.

 

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SAMS Makerspace will consist of a 7 week rotation where students will complete one mandatory project and two elective projects. Students will choose from the following rotation stations: the creation station using Bloxels, the coding station using Spheros, the innovation station using Littlebits and the design station using the Carvey. The students will be presented with project ideas to create their own projects!

 

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South Amherst Middle School Principal Cara Gomez said, “The vision for our Makerspace studio is to provide a space for students to engage with technology, collaborate with classmates and discover interests and talents they possess.

We desire to inspire creativity and the innovative leaders of tomorrow. Our students are capable of amazing heights and we want to allow them to reach beyond our imaginations.”

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Bloxels demonstration

 

The classroom environment has been painted and re-furnished to set a more inviting atmosphere for the students to design, collaborate, learn, and share. This is an excellent opportunity for them to become determined, independent, and creative problem solvers for their educational future.

Mrs. Jean Liljgren, Makerspace Facilitator and Computer Teacher, will lead the students through the 7 week program.

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Grace, Mrs. Liljgren, Mrs. Gomez, Macalan, Joseph, Wes, and Morgan presented the program at the April Board of Education meeting.

 

This Makerspace center would not have been possible without financial support to our district.  The Board of Directors of The Community Foundation of Lorain County awarded The District $5,000 to use towards the Makerspace at South Amherst Middle School. Firelands Endowment Committee also awarded our grant request of $3,000 to use towards this project. A big thank you to both foundations for their generous contributions.

Information on The Makerspace program provided by Lori Roemer, Director of Educational Services.