May 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Maker Grows Up: Committing to Sustainable Programs Nationwide

Strategies for adaptability, financing, and assessment are key to the movement’s future.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Video: Toy Take-Apart with Kristin Fontichiaro and Ben Rearick

Get out the pliers and roll up your sleeves: All you need to know to lead a toy-take apart session with students.

Let Teens Lead in Makerspaces

Working successfully with teenage makers can require a hands-off approach that dispenses with structure.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Cosplay Creation with Elementary Students

Cosplay builds confidence and critical thinking. It can also invite discussion about gender stereotypes, body shaming, media representations, and more.

Book Review: The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

Publisher’s Book Description: When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders […]

Hands-On Ways To De-Stress | Library Hacks

From test anxiety to worries about school safety, many students are stretched thin. Help them unwind with projects to make stress balls, fidget spinners, and more.

How a Connecticut Library Became a Community STEM Hub

A well conceived tech center and maker lab draws students and community members of all ages.

STEM & the Standards: Librarians and the NGSS

Librarians are getting involved in NGSS implementation at schools with maker space projects or other activities that incorporate NGSS principles.

Trend Alert: Breakerspaces | Library Hacks

Breakerspace. Toy Takeapart. Break & Make. Whatever you call it, a breakerspace lets kids take stuff apart to see what makes it tick.

I’ve Got Cardboard and a Sphero. Now What?

Bowling, Skee-Ball, ramp parks, and more, Alisha Wilson, SLJ‘s 2017 Maker Hero, provides activity suggestions for Sphero and Ollie in the library.

Cheap Thrills: Maker Projects that Won’t Break Your Budget

Activities that involve cardboard, straws, and T-shirts can deliver a big burst of STEAM, while costing very little.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Student-Designed Maker Cart

These Florida middle schoolers prototyped a stylish commercial storage bin, thanks to a design challenge and partnership with a furniture manufacturer.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Maker Movement Grows in K-12, with Librarians Leading the Way, Finds SLJ Survey

Since 2014, when SLJ conducted its first maker survey, maker activities have increased by four percent at the elementary and middle school levels.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Meet Tamiko Brown, SLJ’s 2017 School Librarian of the Year

Tamiko Brown embraces innovation at the Ed White E-STEM Magnet School in El Lago, TX.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

5 Tips for Makers on a Budget from a Teen Librarian

“Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger and SLJTeen Live! panelist Karen Jensen shares some ideas and resources for low-budget maker spaces.

A Maker Space for Little Ones

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh supplies real tools and materials for preschoolers in its MAKESHOP.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Curiosity Machine: Science Tied to the Curriculum and the Maker Movement | SLJ Review

The 80-plus engineering challenges on the Curiosity Machine site are inspired by man-made and natural structures.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

School STEM Programs Designed by the Experts

Dynamic K–12 programs created by university researchers and engineers.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

MakerSpace Madness: Mod-A-Tee @ Your Library – Fun with T-Shirts

Like most teen services/ya librarians, I’m heavy in the midst of planning my teen summer reading programming. This will be the second year of planning that incorporates our Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) and we know based on our experience from last year that our current model […]

Nikki Robertson Shares Tips for YALSA’s Teen Tech Week

Librarian and instructional technology facilitator Nikki Robertson curates SLJ’s Teen Tech Week (March 5–11) Pinterest board.