What is a Makerspace?
Makerspaces are appearing in school libraries across North America, part of a larger “maker movement” that encourages people to create with their hands. “Making” is a broad category, including traditional crafts like sewing or woodworking and more modern pursuits such as 3D printing.
The maker movement enables children to pursue their passions by developing new skills, problem solving, and innovating. In a maker environment, they gain confidence as they tweak the app they’ve just coded or figure out how to fix the dropped stitch in their knitting. They gain a more complete understanding of the creative process and realize that they have the ability to learn any skill they need to know.
Making at LCC
The Junior Library has a growing makerspace that students can use during their library periods. Students engage in self-directed, age-appropriate activities that encourage spatial awareness, fine motor skills, and collaboration.
The Senior Library collaborates with the Fabrication Lab which allows students access to such equipment as 3D printers, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, wire bender, sewing machines and more.