The Ottumwa Community School District received several Scale-Up Awards/Grants in order to implement Makerspace activities in our schools. At the elementary level, the grant awardees were: Douma, Eisenhower, James and Wilson. The elementary librarians (Mrs. Moran & Mrs. Nicholson) have been creating opportunities for students at all of the elementary buildings to participate in "making" types of activities. These activities include: giant bubble wands, electrical snap kits, Sphero & Dash robots, cubelets, sewing, origami, K'nex, Legos and other construction kits.
What is a Makerspace?
A makerspace is any area that allows students to explore, build, create, and tinker. The space could be as big as a classroom or as small as a rolling cart with supplies. The tools may be high tech (such as computers or robotics) or low tech (such as hot glue guns and paper). Whatever the medium, research shows that students who learn to create and problem-solve score higher in almost every area in standardized tests. A makerspace allows students to have that opportunity to problem-solve and create.