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February 6, 2016

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SLJ’s Top Posts of 2015

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From a controversial state bill to new ways to approach reading with teens and Minecraft, our top posts of the year were an eclectic mix.

STEAM Programs Sing in the Hands of Tricia Fuglestad

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Lauded STEAM leader Tricia Fuglestad spells out how she makes the magic happen at the “intersection of art and science.” Circuitry projects, stop motion videos, and, of course, LEGO, are all part of the plan. She even has an idea for bolstering a common weak spot in maker spaces: sharing the learning.

Team Blanket Making—Intergenerational programming for teens… and adults

The collection of finished "Granny Squares" made by the participants

Heather Booth discovers a new way to bring an intergenerational maker program—and benefit the community—to the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs, IL.

New Ideas for Better STEAM Programs

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Two experts in the maker movement, Allison Vannatta and Nick Taylor, shared hard-won secrets during SLJ’s online Maker Workshop.

A Look at the Akron Public Library Mini Maker Faire

In September I went and visited the Akron Public Library in Ohio to check out it’s Mini Maker Faire. They had around 60 individuals and groups participate, setting up booths throughout the library. They began marketing the event early, giving people time to make their creations: While browsing the various exhibits I met some very […]

Video: Schools, Libraries Uniquely Positioned to Direct Maker Movement, Says Congressman

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U.S. Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA41) addressed the growing importance of maker activities—from STEM education to small-batch manufacturing—in a September 16 keynote.

Congressman Mark Takano to Keynote Maker Workshop

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Can the Maker Movement reinvigorate American manufacturing? Congressman Mark Takano thinks so. Takano (D-CA41) will deliver the September 16 keynote “How the Maker Movement Can Drive the Economy” to begin the Fall Maker Workshop from School Library Journal and Library Journal.

Nurturing “Food Explorers” with Spoons Across America

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When it comes to making, what could be more fun than playing, experimenting, and teaching with food? Ali McDowell of Spoons Across America talked to SLJ about the organization’s approach to culinary education, with advice and resources on helping kids and families eat well.

Chicago High School Hosts Citywide Maker Faire, Coproduced by the School’s Library Director   

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Can you imagine having a Maker Faire at your school? That’s the case at Schurz High School in Chicago, where students are helping host the annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, which draws 2,000 attendees.

ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space | ISTE 2015

Maker station at the ISTE Librarians Network Digital Age Playground at the 2015 ISTE conference in Philadelphia.

Maker was front and center at the 2015 ISTE conference—and that was a good thing for Jennifer Hanson, director of library services at Worcester (MA) Academy, who is planning a maker space at her school.

3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

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An ALA information policy analyst outlines the legal issues relevant to 3-D printing in public and school libraries—and explains why librarians should lead the way in creating acceptable use policies for this technology.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Coding Skills Empower Us All |The Maker Issue

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We’re not coding in schools so that every kid can get a tech job; we’re doing so to give all kids the chance to understand and interact with the technologies in their lives.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Ready to Learn Coding? Here are resources. Plus: Teaching with Scratch| The Maker Issue

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Resources for learning to code online and face to face, from Khan Academy to Black Girls Code; and suggested lesson plans using Scratch.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Urban Farming Elevates St. Louis Schools | The Maker Issue

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Gardening, farming, and keeping bees are par for the course at schools in the Maplewood Richmond Heights District.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

3-D Printing: Worth the Hype? | The Maker Issue

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What is 3-D printing exactly, and how does it serve kids? Here’s a walk-through.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue

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From scanning human teeth to designing clothes, making sparks ingenuity in students.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Maker Librarians Bring It to SXSWEdu 2015

School librarians Colleen Graves and Leah Mann present on makerspaces to a packed room at SXSWEdu 2015.

Design thinking and making were top of mind at SXSWEdu, as participants considered the learning potential around these hot topics. In official programming, in the hallways, and over barbecue, librarians were on hand to help advance that conversation.

SLJ Reviews LittleBits: These bright, appealing sets encourage tinkerers to explore electronics

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Imagine if building a flashlight was as easy as stacking blocks, or that you could build a robot with a shoebox, nine-volt battery, and a pile of components small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Enter LittleBits, a modular, à la carte electronics prototyping platform for users of all skill levels

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ Reviews the Taz 4 3-D Printer | Test Drive

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Chad Sansing considers the Lulzbot device, resembling a “steampunk erector set,” and 3-D printing’s learning potential.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

“Get out there and make something!”: Sylvia’s super awesome new book

“Get out there and make something!”: Sylvia’s super awesome new book

Sometimes I wonder what my girlfriends and I would be like today if more models like the super-awesome Sylvia were around when we were kids.  I kinda want every kid to meet her. I first heard of Sylvia from my friend Gary Stager who often shares her story and segments from Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show […]