Clinton-Massie Elementary School students participating in the new makerspace recently put to good — and creative — use a large donation of old newspapers from the News Journal.
A makerspace is a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high-tech to no-tech tools. It’s the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a makerspace.
“We wanted to share with you some of the results,” said parent volunteer Sara Fite. “This is the first year for the makerspace in both the Middle School and Elementary School. It has been great to be a part of it and to see the community, parents and kids truly embrace it. It would not be possible without the support of local business, so thank you!”
She said that CMES Principal Jennifer Updike “has been a huge factor in getting this off the ground.”
These spaces are also helping to prepare students with critical 21st-century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). They provide hands-on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence.