November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

How Making Makes Us Happy and More Creative

During week four of our Maker Workshop, we learned how “using our hands feels good and is good for us,” from Alton and Carrie Barron, MDs and co-authors of “The Creativity Cure: How to Build Happiness with Your Own Two Hands.”

Real-World STEM: a Library Bio Lab and a Sixth-Grade Code Curriculum

A Brooklyn middle school teacher who built a computer science class from scratch and a California public librarian who created a library bio lab shared the stage at the Lead the Change session “STEM in the Real World.”

Ideas from the Labs at DC Public Library

They “break it better” at Dream Lab, Fab Lab, Studio Lab, and Memory Lab. Here’s what that means, and how it’s an approach that can transform other programs, too.

Design Thinking Maximizes Maker Spaces

Marnie Webb’s keynote to SLJ’s Maker Workshop, a four-week online course, introduced an often-overlooked approach to launching and improving maker spaces.