"We just get to explore and be creative"
"We just get to explore and be creative"
Posted on 09/26/2019
Student working on computer

For UCS students, having makerspaces in their elementary school means there is innovation at work at every corner.

Throughout their media center, students are creating circuits boards, building bridges out of legos or rockets out of plastic bottles, taking apart a computer or programming small robots to knock down a pin. Some students even use the time for a quiet game of one-on-one chess.

A makerspace is a hands-on, creative place where students can design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

“There are so many fun things to do here - we’ve never done anything like this before,” said Morgan Elementary sixth grader Aidan Evans. “It is fun because we can really just explore and be creative.”

Helena Foust-Mantel, of Burr Elementary, Mike DeLorenzo, of Morgan Elementary, and Michelle Rizzo, of Ebeling Elementary were among 79 Michigan educators selected this year as Classroom Maker Ambassadors through the Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan. 

As Classroom Maker Ambassadors, teachers participated in a wide-ranging variety of professional development events focused on Maker-style learning such as Engineering, 3D Printing, Coding, Digital Creation, Connecting Makers to  Assistive Technology and other relevant topics.

For students, the makerspaces represent a chance to try something new.

“I think it’s cool that we have more stuff to do here. I really like the idea that you can take part stuff and make your own stuff,” said Morgan sixth-grader Dimitri Stameski.