Upon reaching the culmination of the makerspace project and season at Accident Elementary School, the school reflects on what made this experience possible for the students. Makerspace, by definition, is a place in which people with shared interests, especially in computing or technology, can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.
The student experience at Accident Elementary has been influenced by the Northrop Grumman Award and the Elementary Makerspace Initiative Garrett County provided this past year. These allowed for the purchase of STEM materials which have been utilized in the classrooms and in afterschool opportunities.
Teachers have been able to utilize these materials to augment lessons and bring 21st century skills in the student learning process.
The main application of these devices is for students to interface with block based coding or 3D modeling. These foundational skills are akin to basic phonics skills and a major requirement for future success in coding or engineering.
The 4th-5th grade makerspace team, in addition to mini units, focused on a long term project. Over 4 months the students planned and executed a vision to bring their town of Accident to life. The team met after school on Mondays and extra time when available during the school day.
The school would like to thank the directives that made this possible:
- The GCPS IT department for irreplaceable technical support and guidance.
- GaCo 1629 robotics team and its initiatives which support the First Lego League and Lego League Jr teams.
- Finally, the Board of Education and Administrators that coordinate funding, provide professional development, and have created an atmosphere of innovation and creativity for STEM fields in the county.
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