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My Makerbox Takeaway #pla2014

Photo by Amy Koester, one of the contributors to the collapsed tower on the left.
Photo by Amy Koester, one of the contributors to the collapsed tower on the left.

This morning I attended the Makerbox: No Space Required program. The panel of presenters put together an outstanding handout of what is in their various Makerboxes–on topics like music, electronics and circuitry, engineering, 3D creating, and crafting–and I hope they’ll share it online. The handout wasn’t my greatest takeaway, however. My greatest takeaway was inspired by the failed marshmallow tower my team of fellow volunteers built.

The takeaway: time for open ended activities is integral for the maker mentality. There needs to be time for trial and error, for learning to use the materials, for adapting methods. With a few simple materials and a chunk of time, an engaging maker program is accessible for every library.

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