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Weston School students put active
learning to the test during the school’s first-ever Makerspace Olympics.
Makerspaces are collaborative
workspaces within school libraries (or other rooms) that offer students many
different ways to create, learn, explore and share their learning. Resources
can include technology (like tablets, programmable robots or 3D printers),
craft supplies, Lego and more. Students get the opportunity to try hands-on
activities and other stations that explore students’ different learning styles.
The Weston event was held in part
to celebrate the recent Winter Olympic and Paralympic events in PyeongChang,
South Korea. The Olympics ran from Feb. 9-25 , while the Paralympics ran from
“In the spirit of the Olympics, we
decided to do Makerspace challenges for our entire school,” said Grade 3/4 teacher
Serena Parisian. “Some activities are timed challenges, others are just for
fun, but every class will get a chance to do each of the stations.”
All of the stations utilized recycled
materials where possible; events ranged from stacking block towers to a station
where participants had to wiggle to empty a tissue paper box full of balls that
was strapped to their waists.
Ms. Parisian’s Grade 3 and 4 students
served as ambassadors for each station, running through the rules and offering
demonstrations of each activity.
“My students go through the
instructions, clean up between groups and replenish the supplies as needed,”
Ultimately, organizers hoped to
show students that there are many ways to learn and be active.
“Makerspace is a place where kids
can go and learn in different ways. Not all of us learn with a pen and paper,
so this is an opportunity for students to do challenges where they can think
outside of the box, be creative and work as teams through collaboration.”