"To define a school makerspace by its purpose and simplest of terms, it is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects." -Laura Flemming, Worlds of Making


Our Makerspace program promotes critical thinking skills and encourages students to problem solve through coding, circuitry, simple robotics, stop motion photography, free-build engineering, Maker challenges, and more.The goal is to work together to learn, collaborate, and share. Makerspaces allow us to explore, create new things, or improve things that already exist. There are no mistakes in Makerspace, only learning opportunities!


Makerspace Workshop #1 is going well! Students have been working hard building robots and other LEGO sets, & learning coding with Ozobots, Sphero robots, and the Wonder Workshop Robots. They have also been working on stop motion photography and free build engineering with Keva blocks and K'nex.
The next workshop will run March-April. Registration slips will go out towards the end of February. Different from last year, students can attend only one of the 8 week workshops to allow for more students to experience Makerspace. Acceptance is on a first come, first serve basis. Due to the time it takes to finish some of the more complex robots, students should commit to coming to each class.

Makerspace Fun


We would like to ask for your help by donating any of the following materials we could use in our maker projects. Please see the list below.Some of the materials are recyclables, though we are also looking for construction materials such as Legos, Kinex, Magnatiles or similar building materials that you might have around the house that nobody plays with anymore.

If you are willing to donate any of the following items on the list below, please drop them off at the elementary office. If you have any further questions or think you have something not listed that might be useful to our Makerspace program, please contact me at

Thank you in advance for helping us collect these items and support our creative explorations!


Barb Thidemann
Library Assistant/Makerspace coordinator

Makerspace Wish List

Legos and Lego building plates



Snap Circuits

Keva Planks


Wooden Blocks

Marble runs

Shoe boxes, cardboard tubes, clean egg cartons, straws

Playing cards


Batteries (AA, AAA, C)

Small Rubbermaid-type containers with lids for storage

Craft supplies such as markers, pencils, glue, all kinds of tape, glue gun with sticks, paper clips, poster putty,popsicle sticks, beads, string, wire, wire cutters, tweezers

Plastic cups, aluminum foil, coffee stirrers, Ziploc bags, toothpicks

Learning About 3D Printing

Thorp Alumni Ryan Thidemann, a mechanical engineering student at UW-Platteville, visited our Makerspace class and introduced the students to 3D printing. He showed the students the computer programs that he uses to download and design 3D prints, then demonstrated how his 3D printer works by printing a little Minecraft sword.


Little Bits



Hour of Code