- Last Updated: 25 April 2017 25 April 2017
Sioux Falls School District elementary and middle school students are getting the opportunity to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials through their school libraries.
Two elementary schools and one middle school began working with makerspaces, also known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) labs, during the 2015 and 2016 school years. Since that time, the South Dakota Department of Education announced the opportunity for districts to apply for grants up to $100,000 for Classroom Innovation projects. In August, the District was awarded $99,989 to establish makerspaces in the district’s elementary and middle school libraries. Survey results indicate that participation in working with makerspaces decreases the fixed mindset in students.
Librarians are continuing to look for inexpensive ways to expand makerspace activities to support students who are challenging themselves to apply reading and math skills to become creators and innovators.
Checkout a slideshow of photos of makerspaces below.