Library Maker Space
The library makerspace offers kids the access to bots, building kits and circuits to explore and invent. The tools in the makerspace allow the kids to constructively learn about STEAM while having fun and collaborating with fellow students. They could work with friends to construct a bridge, program a robot to drive in a figure eight, or figure out how circuits link up to make a light illuminate. With some guidance on how to get started from the library staff, the students then venture on their own to plan and execute their mini projects. They are problem-solving, enhancing critical thinking and debugging code during Genius Hour.
When you visit the library makerspace you’ll find the latest technological learning devices and kits freely available for the students utilize and expand their curiosity. Here is a list of some of the bots and kits in the makerspace. Take a look at the videos to see how the students are using these awesome tools.
Dash and Dot – These two robots can be controlled or programmed using tablets apps through Bluetooth. The students may choose to free play or program the robots with block coding.
Ozobots – These little bots are the size of a ping pong ball and have IR eyes and wheels on the bottom. The bots can follow hand-drawn lines on paper or be programmed using a tablet app. The Ozoblocky webpage is for programming the bots with block code.
Cubelets – Unlike the other robots, Cubelets are modular pieces with magnetic snaps. Each Cubelet has a different function such as sensing, action or thinking. Once the students understand what the different Cubelets can do, the kids create their own robots. Cubelets can be programmed with block code as well.
Snap Circuits – This is a kit of various circuits that the students may piece together to create simple to complex light shows, mechanics, or motion activated machines.
LittleBits – This is a set of circuits that use magnet connectors to join the pieces together. The LittleBits are color coded for easy reference to help the kids link up the units by function.