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Welcome to Makerspace 2020!!!! Notes from Ms. Kramer . . .



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I’m excited that this year, specialists are able to have actual class sessions with students. It's not as great as working together face-to-face; but for now, I can’t wait to see what we come up with as flexible inventors and innovators!


All students in Grades 1-5 have weekly Makerspace Zoom sessions. The first set of Makerspace Mini-Kits with specialized materials went out in August. Check your child's Seesaw or Google Classroom for information on later waves.


Beyond those "mini kits," we’ll use found materials like cardboard, string, ribbons, plastic bottle caps, buttons, and more, for other physical projects; and laptops or iPads for digital making that ranges from coding to 3D print design.


Check this file for weekly updates on what your child will be working on, suggested materials, and other information.


For the basics, I’m hoping families will have around the house most of the tools and supplies we plan to use, or are able to easily find them. Many of these same items also are suggested in Science Lab and Art. If any of the tools or materials below aren't available, no worries -- we will improvise! (1st and 2nd grade families without liquid glue can pick it up at school.)



  • Pencil(s) and eraser
  • Ruler
  • Paper clips
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Tacky glue (thicker and dries
more quickly than regular glue; regular blue also is fine)
  • Glue stick
  • White paper
  • Card stock or construction paper
  • Markers (black and multiple colors)


"Found" Materials (These may be needed over time; no stress if you don't have something around the house!)

  • Food coloring (1st grade only; also used in Science Lab)
  • Corrugated cardboard (This will be needed later, and it can definitely be made available for pickup, if needed!)
  • Shoe box(es) (1st & 2nd grades)
  • 2-3 food storage bags (1st grade only; sandwich or quart size is fine; zip or not zip, to hold liquid)
  • Bath tissue tube(s)
  • Paper towel tube(s)
  • String or yarn (thread would be great for 1st grade -- if you have it!)
  • Decorative materials: buttons, used ribbon and wrapping paper, scraps of fabric ...
  • Old sock, small paper bag, or other item for making a puppet (1st and 2nd grade)




Our Makerspace is an environment for exploration, innovation, and fun! It’s a creative space in which students design and build physical and digital products -- from cardboard creatures with moving parts to animated food chains, LED-lit greeting cards, 3D print designs, and unsinkable boats. 


More important than the products are the Makerspace processes that build empathy, problem-solving skills, and design thinking as kids design, create, fail, fail again, recover, share, and soar! Their Makerspace work also often will deepen and extend understanding of big ideas across content areas.


Check back often! This page will be updated with photos and blurbs about what students are working on.


Try. Fail. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.


-- Samuel Beckett     

  • Failure recovery goes hand-in-hand with a growth mindset in which we see ourselves as capable of growing abilities to accomplish great things
  • An ethic of excellence and a growth mindset transform learning
  • The abilities to collaborate and communicate effectively are essential 

Makerspace Vision: Students will be resilient makers and innovators who use design thinking; the engineering design process; and skills with high tech and manual tools to construct creative solutions to complex challenges. 


Makerspace supports NGSS Science:

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