School library maker spaces are causing formerly quiet places to be bursting with energy as students pursue knowledge.
At Ben Chambers Elementary School, librarian Marybeth Maloskey isn’t interested in hushed centers of silent learning. She favors hands on projects which are related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. And now, third through fifth grade students are moving through five maker spaces in the library this fall.
“You have to make it fun for them,” Maloskey said.
In the maker spaces, students can make a rocket and launch it, practice coding, build structures with computer models, and even learn about the human body from a shirt embedded with microchips.
Maloskey says that as students make games, they make stories to explain them. She values how the spaced encourage focus, and the use of higher order tthinking skills.