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Once in the Makerspace students began to create, tinker, and invent to learn concepts related to circuitry When they made the Little Bits circuits that rotated paper hands and Snaptricity circuits that launched propellers, they experienced success that usually followed some initial impediments. They had to troubleshoot to find a broken lead on a connection to the battery, or find an open circuit because a connection that appeared to be made was electrically disconnected. The support provided by Ms. Fleming was excellent and pivotal to the success of the lesson. Kits were readily available for the students to use. When batteries ran low she had backups on hand for all of the groups. Two students were pulled more towards the Legos and she immediately improvised by having electronic motors available that they could work with.
This experience has provided a reservoir of learning opportunities for both of Mr. Fowler's classes that they continue to draw from when working through series and parallel circuits. The Makerspace in the library is an oasis for student self-directed learning. It serves as a rejuvenation center for inspiring of love for both formal and informal learning. In my opinion a space like this should be a priority for all schools in the 21st Century and you do not have to break the bank to create one.