"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!
Last year,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.
Legos and Lego building plates
Shoe boxes, cardboard tubes, small storage boxes
Batteries (AA, AAA, C)
Playdoh, modeling clay, or Sculpy
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, googly eyes, chenille sticks, wire, wire cutters, tweezers
Plastic cups, aluminum foil, coffee stirrers, Ziploc bags, toothpicks, straws