When students can’t come to the Makerspace, the Makerspace goes to them!
Students were missing their Makerspace time at McClure MS, so library media specialist Cara Harpin got creative with Take and Make items.
The McClure Middle School Library Learning Commons is known for its vibrant Maker Space program. Often, students can be found crafting, creating, and experimenting in this welcoming, collaborative space. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 social distancing and prevention guidelines, the MMS Maker Space has been shuttered for the 2020-2021 school year.
However, Cara Harpin, the McClure library media specialist, was determined to provide access to Maker Space materials for her students. After much research into how many public libraries across the country were handling their youth programing, she decided to provide MakerSpace@Home activities and kits. Much like curbside pickup and homeroom delivery of library books, students at McClure can checkout MakerSpace@Home kits including 3D pens, Snap Circuits, LittleBits Arduino Coding, Morse Code Bracelet making and more.
Within the first day of introduction, the MakerSpace@Home kits were all checked out and a hold list was steadily growing with both face to face and remote students enthusiastically reserving kits. Students are eager to take and make!
Thanks to a generous grant from the Cobb County Association of Library Media Specialists (CCALMS) and another from the McClure Middle School PTSA, Ms. Harpin has plans to expand the MakerSpace@Home program to include more kits as well as Take and Make activities. These Take and Makes will include crafts and challenges that can be done at home on asynchronous workdays. Students will meet virtually within a Microsoft Teams group to complete the crafts and challenges together, with Ms. Harpin providing guidance, encouragement, and assistance as needed.
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Holly Frilot, Supervisor
Library Media Education
Contributing Author: Cara Harpin, Library Media Specialist at McClure Middle School