This year I really wanted to give students more opportunities to build, invent, and create in the library. I wanted them to improve their hands-on problem solving and self-confidence without even knowing it. Ultimately, I wanted students to develop a “maker mindset”. You can read more about how I think making ties in perfectly with libraries here!
At the beginning of the school year I had our third graders watch a video about Caine’s Arcade. Caine is a young boy who made his own arcade entirely out of cardboard. This served as our inspiration for our first making project in the library.
We studied the engineering design process and the steps we would need to take to make our own cardboard creations come to life. We planned, made blueprints, gathered materials, and got to work! The students did an incredible job of testing out their ideas, making adjustments, and persevering. I am so proud of the third graders and their hard work.
Mrs. Keohane is the School Librarian at the P.A. Shaw. She loves hockey, going to the beach, and reading (obviously!)