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?
A 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.
- Eighth graders are creating Stations of the Cross for Lent using mixed media.
- Seventh graders planned and built visual aids that align with a life lesson they discovered about themselves.
- Class auction projects have been crafted in this open space!
- On May 15, adults are invited to sign up for a Soap Making Class of their own- complete with appetizers and adult beverages.