Thanks to the encouragement of Mr. M, the school’s principal, and a grant from BOCES, the school library received several supplies to foster and promote STEM in the library’s new makerspace.
The makerspace team solictied one high flyer from each class. Each teacher sent a child for the first makerspace class and a challenge was issued.
Children were split up into 2nd and 3rd grade teams. They read the challenge and the rest was up to them. One group disagreed on how to best solve the problem. Teachers did not intervene, but rather let them solve their issues on their own. The group that had the highest tower was the group that worked best collaboratively. They respected each others’ opinions, discussed rather than dominated among themselves and worked well as a team. And it was a 2nd grade group!. See the highlights below!