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Make to Learn! Elementary Classroom-Based Makerspaces

Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 9

Participate and share

Participate and share : Poster

Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 9

Tammy Lind  
The makerspace movement has taken the nation by storm! Many times, we limit that time for creativity to libraries or other areas of our schools. Makerspaces can be a vital part of the elementary classroom. Get resources for setting up your own classroom space.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Maker activities and programs
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Innovative Designer
  • Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

During this poster session, I will share information and specific examples of how we studied, built and sustained Makerspace areas in our 2-5th grade classrooms. Our model from the very beginning was that our spaces would be created within our classrooms to encourage a creative, innovative mindset that was available to kids all day, everyday instead of a particular room in their schools that they had to go to in order to create and to innovate. Participants will leave with ideas to begin their own creative areas within classrooms as well as with contacts that they can connect with for assistance in getting started.


I will share specific examples of how we got started and how we maintain our classroom-based maker areas. I will also provide contact information of classroom teachers that participants can network with if they need assistance after the ISTE conference. I plan to share the resources that we have created to sustain partnerships with community innovation centers. We have a volunteer team of "experts" from our community in the areas of design, management and innovation. Participants will receive information on how to begin and to sustain those critical partnerships. I have demo videos from our partners that were created with our students that participants can take with them in order to create their own materials.

Supporting research

We used Make to Learn to get started and have recently done a book study on Nicholas Provenzano'a book "Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces". We continue to follow our local Makerspace activity in our city and are very active with our local children's museum in order to stay current and create community connections for our kids. We have created partnerships with not only our Makerspace community, but our the design teams at many local businesses including Harley Davidson, Briggs and Stratton.

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Tammy Lind, School District of South Milwaukee

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