"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 Fun


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.


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:

  • Legos and Lego building plates
  • Kinex
  • Magnatiles
  • Imaginext
  • Wooden Blocks
  • Marble runs
  • Little cars and animals
  • Playing cards
  • Magnets
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, C)
  • Playdoh, modeling clay, Sculpy clay
  • Small Rubbermaid-type containers with lids for storage
  • Craft supplies such as markers, pencils, glue, all kinds of tape, glue gun with sticks, stamps and stamp pads, scrapbook paper, paper clips, poster putty, popsicle sticks, beads, string, ribbon, wire, wire cutters, tweezers
  • Plastic cups, aluminum foil, coffee stirrers, Ziploc bags, toothpicks

If you are willing to donate any of the following items on the list, please drop them off at the elementary office. If you have any further questions or think you may 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
Tech coordinator/Makerspace facilitator


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