Making supports our vision here at M.P. Brown because with maker education we will be providing a supportive environment that will challenge, encourage, and empower our students with the idea of equity in mind.
Maker education at M.P. Brown will provide our students the high-quality education that they need to be successful.
Maker education fully supports deeper learning, this is something we would like to provide our students at M.P Brown. Deeper learning requires students to think critically, communicate and work with others, self-direct their own education, adopt academic mindsets, and to learn to be lifelong learners.
Students will have access to design thinking challenges, project-based learning activities, Genius Hours, and more through the resources and support that are provided in maker education. Through a variety of deeper learning activities our students will be motivated to engage in projects that are meaningful, unique, and personal.
At Margaret Pauline Brown Elementary school, we have begun makerspace activities. Teachers have brought making to their classrooms through the use of genius hour and the makerspace cart. We are currently in the process of remaking our library into a multifunctional 21st century learning space. We have a STEM based makerspace cart that includes media creation, electric circuits, robotics, coding and design intended for all grades.
This new use of the library space will augment our current science instruction that does not include any engineering and design aspects. Currently, our curriculum focuses on life science, earth science and physical science. Our pedagogy will be able to shift from teacher led discovery to student driven learning. The use of this expanded library space will amend our teaching for years to come and is a sustainable addition to our teaching resources.
We are interested in expanding our library into a flexible makerspace environment allowing all students at M.P. Brown to become makers. Students will be able to actively engage in hands on problem solving by measuring, observing, predicting and revising ideas that they have created.
We believe making at M.P. Brown will give our students opportunities to expand their life experiences. By expanding their experiences we hope to see increases in student motivation, and a wonder and excitement for learning.
Making will allow our students to have a growth mindset by learning through the design process in a meaningful, authentic and engaging way.
Desired furniture & projected cost: $7000
6-10 height adjustable flip tables- $350 each (worthington)
-tables with outlets
Collaborative seating- $200 each (worthington)
Counter top-Cabinet with locking doors-
Desired equipment & projected cost: $2000
-hot glue guns
-tape: masking, colored, double-sided, duct
-little bits (4)
-makey makey (4)
-legos we-do (4)
Desired Books and Cost: $1000
-teacher books on Makerspace
-children’s books (class set)
- Debra Yamanoha
- Joyce Cabrera
- Sonal Srivastava
- Toni Barone
- Robert & Jenna Wachtel Pronovost
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