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Pipe Cleaner ChallengeHousing a Forest. We spent a wonderful weekend at the cabin with some special friends. It was so nice to spend time together with no time constraints. While we were there, I presented all the kids with a simple Pipe Cleaner Challenge. My kiddos are like me and always up for a challenge. Everyone quickly divided into 3 teams. I handed each of the teams 2 basic items…the same amount of tin foil and pipe cleaners. Their only instructions were to come up with something creative, and work together. Crafts don’t need to be extravagant or even use every supply in our cupboard.

Tinfoil is a fun creative tool for kids to play with. This beautiful castle was created from our youngest team. Nothing like a pretty spring flower garden to cheer you up:) The flowers are adorable but I think my favorite is the bug. It can be hard to find crafts that suit a wide range of interests. Have you ever presented your kids with a crafting challenge? Raftbayarea. Raftbayarea. Hovercraft - 10 Pack. An uplifting activity based on air pressure! Use this activity kit to demonstrate the effects of friction and air pressure on motion. Create a simple hovercraft and be amazed at how it gracefully glides along a smooth, flat surface on a thin cushion of air.

How long a “flight” is possible? Experiment to find out. Watch FREE instructional videos for this kit and more from our friends at Supercharged Science! Curriculum topics: Friction, Air Pressure, Motion, Inertia Kit includes: Idea sheet, 10 CDs, 10 balloons, 10 foam pieces, 10 sports bottlecaps, and 10 index cards Number served: 10 Don't need 10 Hovercrafts? Grades: 4-12 Recommended for ages 9 and up. Learn More. Raftbayarea. From-Seed-to-Plant-Pre-and-Post-Activities.pdf. DIYNano-Oobleck.pdf. DIYNano-Rock-Candy.pdf.

Weather-Wise-Pre-and-Post-Activities.pdf. Kinetic-Contraptions-Pre-Post-Activities.pdf. A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources. "There were more than 135 million adult makers, more than half of the total adult population in America, in 2015. " What is a makerspace? You’ve no doubt been hearing that word more than a few times over the past several years. Makerspaces, also called hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs, are collaborative spaces where people gather to get creative with DIY projects, invent new ones, and share ideas. Since the first official makerspace convened six years ago in a library in upstate New York, libraries have remained an ideal setting for makerspace events across the country.

Many offer community resources like 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies, and more. There were more than 135 million adult makers, more than half of the total adult population in America, in 2015. Articles & Blog Posts on Makerspaces 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 12.) Maker Faire Makerspaces Directories 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) Revitalizing Community Spaces. Thanks to Honorary Chair Melinda Gates and everyone who participated for a great National Library Week 2019! Check back soon for more information about National Library Week 2020. About National Library Week National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. Future National Library Week dates: 2021: April 5-9 Questions? Library as Incubator Project. Learning with The Labs: professional development for all staff We’ve been documenting the evolution of The Labs at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh since 2012, when the project had just secured a pilot grant.

It’s all grown up now, and has grown up into a thoughtful and responsive makerspace model that adds real value to to the conversation. Check out the whole series on The... Ulysses Mapped by Leopold’s Day This post was originally published June 2012. Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Stephen Crowe’s work on “Wake in Progress,” a series of illustrations and writings inspired by James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Today we feature another piece of art lifted right from the text of Joyce’s Ulysses. – Laura Inspired by the journey... Friday Linkubator Roundup | June 5 – 11 We’re in full summer mode now!

A Garden of Poetry at Branksome Hall Asia “Artists in the Archives”: Part 2 This post was originally published June 2013. Friday Linkubator Roundup | May 29 – June 4 Featuring: Marla Martin. Corner Bookmarks | Make It @ Your Library. How to make an origami corner heart bookmark | Make It @ Your Library. Dinosaur Timeline. Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue. Students at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, VA, built a“Frankenwii” from three broken Wiis soldered together to be functional.Photo courtesy of Monticello High School Library Last fall, high school librarian IdaMae Craddock got an unusual call from someone at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA.

The college was piecing together a human skeleton that had been found in the dorms during summer cleaning. Reportedly missing from the science department since the 1970s, the skeleton was being used as a mascot by a secret society on campus. The Lynchburg official asked Craddock if her students would help them out by creating 3-D scans of the teeth, a task that built on some of the things they’d done in their school maker space the previous year. They had hacked an Xbox to generate 3-D images, usually scanning faces and heads—even Craddock’s. “This year, [they did] some real work with it,” says Craddock, who works at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, VA. No space required. TechBits: Makerspaces and 3D printing.

Maker spaces Archives. Library Makerspaces. Txla-makerspace-list.pdf. Makerspace Starter Kit. The hot new Makerspace Movement is NOT new to Murray Hill Middle School. Eighteen years ago we designed and opened the school with the idea that we would have creation labs in the Media Center, GT room, and the TV studio. We started with video production, iMovie, Specular LogoMotion, Hyperstudio, and animation with Hollyood High kids. Here's an example of an EARLY (2003) video production called Bookfellas, featuring some Guy Ritchie-esque film direction techniques. These kids are now all grown up and we've kept evolving, too! It's OK to Start Small! We recently expanded upon our Makerspace offerings thanks to being inspired by several of my librarian friends in our amazing #TLChat PLN! (Pls see resources below!) I re-purposed some of my empty study carrels for this Makerspace center at the top corner of our library.

As I asserted in a recent blog post about new Ed Tech trends, fads, & tech -you can start small and You Don't Have to Marry It! Amazon Delivers! FUND Me! A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources. Recent | Make It @ Your Library.