Archive for June, 2017


Any organization that has been involved in establishing a Makerspace Professional Staff Development by Dr. Diana Wehrell-GrabowskiMakerspace is well aware of the difficulties involved in getting the Makerspace off the ground. What organizations may not think about initially is the long-term sustainability of the established Makerspace. What are the long term goals of the Makerspace, growth issues, addressing the needs of the library patrons, transformation of the Makerspace to be aligned to current makered and STEM trends, etc. Great article by Barbara Ray that addresses sustainability of Makerspaces and other issues in “Moving Past Start-Up: Supporting Library Makerspaces Over Time, June 13th in Educator Innovator. Barbara brings up some great points in the article “Moving Past Start-Up: Supporting Library Makerspaces Over Time” as well as gathering ideas from a handful of libraries who have tackled some of the issues stated here with success. If your library or organization is looking to establish a Makerspace and are seeking professional staff development, contact Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski via the Contact Page.

I love the 2017 “Build A Better World” Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). Many public libraries have chosen to incorporate STEM, STEAM and Maker-Ed themes to align with the BuildBuild A Better World Summer Collaborative Library Program A Better World theme. This theme lends itself to introducing attendees to STEM practices and content, as well as 21st century skills. The video below is from a recent hands-on STEM and MakerEd presentation I conducted for Cocoa Beach Public Library in conjunction with their Build A Better World Summer Programs.

I set-up 15 STEM and MakerEd-based exploration centers for program attendees to explore. I chose STEM and MakerEd centers to provide opportunities for attendees to see how engineers help to build a better world on a simplistic and engaging level. The centers included: exploring low tech ed gadgets, tinkering, reverse engineering, boat building, coding, building 3 dimensional structures with recycled materials, building block center, math and architecture, aviation, and a ramp science exploration center. We had children as young as 3 years old to teens and the adults that accompanied them to the program, everyone was totally engaged in exploring how engineers help to build a better world.

The following video provides snippets from the hour long hands-on-minds-on STEM and Maker-Ed based program.   If your public library or school is looking for STEM, STEAM, MakerEd or Collaborative Summer Library Program 2018 professional staff development for its staff please contact me via the contact page. I provide STEM and MakerEd training year-round, worldwide.

 

 

 

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