Education: Library Makerspace News

Resources and Write-ups from the Community

October 9, 2014

Here at littleBits education, we have a not so secret crush on library makerspaces. They are changing the game by providing innovative programming in their local communities and making waves in the maker movement. And we are totally smitten.

To celebrate their awesomeness, here’s a recap of some recent write-ups coming from the littleBits library community:

 

SPACE PROJECTS

At the Barrow Media Center in Athens, GA, fourth graders explored the Space Kit and made their own star charts. Librarian Andy Plemmon (@plemmonsa) shares some great tips on how he conducted the lesson and provides clear instructions for educators who are interested in trying the project in their own spaces. You can read the full article here.

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REAL WORLD APPLICATIONS

The Newtown Bee spotlighted the recent addition of littleBits at the C.H. Booth Library in Newtown, CT. Mr. Schroeder, a retired research scientist, got a sneak peak at the modules:

“What is exciting to Mr Schroeder, too, is the thought that as people play with littleBits, they will begin to brainstorm: What would I use this for in the real world? Could a gerbil be taught to step on a pressure sensor and turn on a fan to cool itself? Is it possible to rig up a way to be alerted remotely that the little brother has opened a door? The fun part is the exploration, Mr Schroeder said, and it is his hope that enough interest will be generated at the September 27 chbMakers Open House demonstration that others will be inspired to further experiment and share what they learn. It is the “See one, Do one, Teach one,” philosophy, he said.” You can read the full article here: “littleBits More Than a Little Bit of Fun.”

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LIBRARY GRANTS

We believe every library should have the ability to create their own makerspace. We’ve teamed up with Brian Pichman from the Evolve Project (@bpichman), along with several other edtech companies, to support his Knight Foundation News Challenge proposal. Check it out and pledge your support!

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MAKERSPACE RESOURCES

Summer of STEAM Pro Library winner, Diana Rendina (@DianaLRendina), is a Librarian at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL. She compiled a super helpful list of resources to kick start your makerspace success; from tools, to tricks, to links to influencers in the field. We definitely have her page bookmarked (and think you should too!).

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PRACTICAL GUIDES

If you are looking for a complete guide on makerspace implementation, John Burke’s book “Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians” is a must read. It’s available on Amazon as an e-book or paperback. Be sure to check out pg. 98-99 for info on littleBits projects!

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EXPLORING TECH AND CULTURE

Kelsey George (@kelsdi) from Syracuse University’s Masters in Library and Information Science program explores the connection between libraries and makerspaces through her article “Technology and Culture: littleBits and Libraries.”

 

We’re always on the look out for great library articles and resources on our social channels, but you can also drop us a line at [email protected] or submit your spotlight or case study to share your story.