“Please keep robots out of the sawdust” is the kind of phrase heard around the library at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, IL, where Todd Burleson can be found leading engineering challenges, inspiring student reporters, and constantly inventing.
This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Noted experts Carrie and Alton Barron explain one of the single most important ways a librarian can point patrons to optimal intellectual and emotional experiences.
We’ve caught wind of a new trend—kite-making workshops taking place in libraries across the country. Here’s what’s up—and away!
Designed to make starting a maker space quicker and easier, the pre-packaged supplies are specific to grade levels.
Want to see your students get excited about science, technology, and art? Tell them you have the design to build a throwing arm. Our review of the littleBits STEAM kit.
Librarians in a Knoxville, TN school district got a grant to build four maker space carts that rotate among schools. Find out what they bought and why.
On average, budgets climbed nearly 20 percent in 2015–16 to $8,315. Meanwhile, school librarians report a lack of needed funds to serve special needs children and English language learners. And OER use is up, as is the demand for nonfiction.
This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Three rapid-fire presentations on steampunk making, organizing a regional maker expo, and digital game design wrapped up our Lead the Change Maker Workshop.
For those of you secondary school folks planning, or planning to enhance, makerspaces in your libraries, check out the news from the White House and act before the April 1st deadline! A press release shared that Acting Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. asked that Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and […]
Enter your dream maker space in the Department of Education’s CTE Makeover Challenge. You may just snag the money to make it happen. But hurry; the deadline is April 1.
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.
LittleBits has launched the STEAM Student Set, the first version of the popular electronic building blocks geared for the education market.
Building contraptions inspired by the inventor and cartoonist teaches students about physics, problem-solving, and cause and effect.
Here’s how a tiny, can-do team from Piscataway, NJ started an annual tradition celebrating maker culture statewide—and how you can too.
How one public librarian researched, budgeted, and created the best maker space for her customers over the course of six months.
This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
This dynamic duo spearheaded a Day of Making, winning over local colleagues who were on the fence about trying to bring makerspaces to their schools.
One of the sessions I truly regretted missing at the recent NJASL Fall Conference was the very popular, hands-on Fold a Word: Book Art in Your Library session with Christina Cucci and Ruth Quiles. So, I asked my new friends if they’d consider a do-over to share. They graciously accepted that invitation in this Hangout. […]
Teacher librarian Phil Goerner offers ways librarians can jumpstart computer programming activities with kids and teens during Hour of Code, taking place December 7–13.
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.
No library card is required to use the tools at the Hatch maker space, located near Dunkin’ Donuts in a mall in Watertown, MA, and launched by the Watertown Free Public Library with diverse community funding.