Using Makerspace Projects to Teach Students Social-Emotional Skills

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Julie Darling  

Learn how to leverage your classroom or media center makerspace to teach students in grades 3-6 the social-emotional skills they need to thrive. Leave the session with concrete projects you can implement right away.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Access to G:Suite (Google Account)
Topic: Maker activities & programs
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Learning Objectives:
By the end of my presentation, participants will:
-Understand how to connect makerspace projects with social-emotional learning.
-Have ideas for specific projects that can be used with students in grades 3-6


I plan to present a slide deck of information with a few minutes for questions at the end.
5 minutes: Introducing the connection between makerspace projects and social-emotional learning. Why social-emotional learning is so important.
20 minutes: Information about specific projects and how to implement them.
5 minutes: Questions and/or additional projects/examples.

Supporting research

Why a Child's Social-Emotional Skills are so Important:

Social Emotional Learning: Introducing the Issue:

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Julie Darling, Ann Arbor Public Schools - A2 STEAM

Julie is the owner of Growing Makerspace, LLC and the author of Makerspace, Passion Projects and Social Emotional Learning. She has a Master of Science Information from the University of Michigan and has been in education for over 18 years.