Makerspace

Safeway and Albertsons awarded St. John School in 2018 an Innovation Grant to create a Makerspace.  We are thankful for their financial backing and support as we begin this new adventure.

What is a Makerspace and why is it important?

makerspace is a collaborative work environment for creating, learning, exploring and sharing innovate work using high tech to no tech tools. The space provides hands-on approaches that help increase critical thinking skills, persistence, and reinforce core curriculum in the everyday classroom.

Teachers are eagerly signing up to use the space.  Here are some of the ways we are using the Makerspace:

  • Science, technology, engineering, and math lessons have been shared in this space. Many teachers have participated in the first activity- Cardboard Movement Challenge.
  • The 3D printer resides in this space, where Mr. James facilitates lessons on how to create using this amazing devise.
  • Robotics Club meets weekly after school.
  • The eighth graders designed and created a set to be filmed in this space each week for the ENN News.  ENN News is shared with the school on Monday mornings.
  • Señora Blanca painted masks for Día de los Muertos in October.
  • Middle schoolers designed and engineered carnival games for the Halloween Carnival.
  • There will be three Makerspace Holiday Pop-ups after school in November and December for intermediate and middle school grades.

Beginning Soap Making: Tuesday, November 19, 3:10-5:10pm     Students in grades 3-5 are invited to join in a Beginning Soap Making class with Mrs. Ocampo in our new Makerspace.  Students will create handmade soaps and package them for the holidays using creative molds and colors.  Students will learn about the materials and supplies of soap making as well as how to use essential oils to scent the soaps naturally.  They will even be able to make their own creative recipes.  All supplies and materials are covered in this class.  Limited to 10 students. Cost: $50

Beginning Soap Making: Tuesday, December 3, 3:10-5:10pm     Students in grades 6-8 are invited to join in a Beginning Soap Making class with Mrs. Ocampo in our new Makerspace.  Students will create handmade soaps and package them for the holidays using creative molds and colors.  Students will learn about the materials and supplies of soap making as well as how to use essential oils to scent the soaps naturally.  They will even be able to make their own creative recipes.  All supplies and materials are covered in this class.  Limited to 10 students. Cost: $50

Hand Embroidery Basics and Technology:  Tuesday, December 10, 3:10-5:10pm     Students in grades 6-8 are invited to join in a Hand Embroidery Basics and Technology class with Mrs. Ocampo in our new Makerspace.  Students will create a handmade sampler of basic stitches involved in hand embroidery.   Students will use technology to individualize instruction of key techniques involved in the sampler.  All embroidery supplies and materials are covered in this class. Please have your child bring headphones or earbuds to class.  Limited to 10 students. Cost: $55

Registration begins Thursday, November 7, 7pm