MEXICO – The rigorous workload for Mexico High School students leaves very little to no free time to create and explore using skills learned in both core and elective classrooms.
Librarian Nicole Nicosia has aimed to change that with the establishment of the school’s first Makerspace, located in the main library.
The Makerspace has an abundance of hands-on, exploratory learning tools: Sphero robots which utilize pre-coding techniques, MakeyMakey kits which teach basic circuitry skills, littleBits invention kits and a 3-D printer.
Still in its beginning stages, Nicosia said the Makerspace has attracted several students after-school each weekday to engage in added learning and inventiveness.
“This lets them think outside of the box,” she said.
Nicosia said her goal is to raise about $1,500 for the purchase of several 3-D Doodlers, which are special printing pens that shoot out plastic material for students to create three-dimensional objects.
The combined use of technology and art, Nicosia said, is the perfect addition to the library’s growing Makerspace.
She formed an online fundraiser, through DonorsChoose.org, where the 3Doodler company will match every dollar raised until the total desired amount is achieved.
About $300 has been raised thus far.
To help Nicosia achieve her goal, visit DonorsChoose.org and type “13114” in the zip code search and click on the “Far Out (3D) Exploration at Our Library” link.
Mexico High School’s Makerspace is open to students in grades nine through 12.
Nicosia said each of the activities and offerings coincide with the Next Generation Science standards and the American Association of School Librarians standards, the latter of which has focused on creating, thinking and sharing.