Students decided to build a trebuchet, thus demonstrating their understanding of the Makerspace Movement by researching how the originals were made and could be functionally adapted to a classroom space without 3D technology.

Understanding the Makerspace MovementAmy Schwartz and Oliva Stahl were building a smaller version of the medieval machine that was used to hurl bodies infested with bubonic plague. Their version was ready to launch a tiny ball. The students at Southern Lehigh Middle School were building the project as part of a new library program called Makerspace. 

Students are exposed to science, technology, engineering and math with projects that are hands on and put them in charge of the learning experience.

Students team up and select projects from kits that can range from building replicas of historic places, making bracelets, to building drones.

“It’s changing the mindset. Let them figure it out,” said school librarian Corry Robbins, who runs the program with school technology coach Michael Paulings.

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