NJ Maker Day Highlights

NJ Makers Day Highlights : Glen Rock Public Library

NJ Makers Day: A Platform for Collaboration

Working together, Glen Rock Public Library and Glen Rock Middle School were able to create dynamic and successful NJ Makers Day events. The Teen & Technology Librarian Associate, Morgan Taylor, and Middle School Media Specialist, Lauren Mitchell, were looking for opportunities for collaboration and both agreed that NJMD was a great place to start.

They had a few planning meetings and discussed the best tools and format for each of their events. GRMS planned a full Friday school day allowing every 6th grader to come through the media center and explore different stations of maker tools and hands-on projects during their class rotation. GRPL used a similar method on Saturday that allowed users of all ages to visit and explore whatever tools and projects interested them.

Both events relied on teen volunteers to instruct and help out. Lauren and Morgan were able to support one another at each of the events and the town participation was outstanding!

Makers Day at the Glen Rock Library from Glen Rock TV on Vimeo.

Morgan Taylor is a Teen & Technology Librarian Associate at the Glen Rock Public Library (Glen Rock, NJ)

NJ Makers Day Highlights : Hainesport School District

One Burlington County Librarian is excited to bring the Makerspace culture to students in her Hainesport Township K-8 school. Since September school librarian Tricina Strong-Beebe has been planning and promoting NJ Makers Day (NJMD) at every grade level. Students are already asking about which events their school will be hosting come March. “In fact, our first New Jersey Makers Day was so successful that we decided to continue our Makerspace activities during the final weeks of June!” says Strong-Beebe.

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Items highlighted in Hainesport Township School’s Makerspace program include:

  • Thingiverse
  • Tinkercad
  • Coding 3D
  • Printing
  • Finch robots
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Brainstorming
  • Troubleshooting

Established in 2015, NJMD fosters the collaboration between libraries, businesses, and museums to offer students hands-on learning experiences. Students are a part of a larger, statewide maker movement and can follow and learn from makerspace events held throughout New Jersey. NJMD is an engaging experience for educators and students alike. Makerspace programs support both New Jersey Common Core and STEAM initiatives. Project-based learning experiences produce 21st Century builders, designers, creators and entrepreneurs for tomorrow’s workforce. Makerspace projects and activities inspire the creation of innovative designs, enhanced self-directed learning, and critical thinking.

For Hainesport Township School especially, the Makerspace movement connects students to their school and public libraries. This past school year, Hainesport students were able to fundraise, in conjunction with the PTO, for a 3D printer. Students have seen multiple cross-curricular projects come alive with 3D prints and interactive software programs. So far, students have been able to print a life-sized human heart for Health class, regions of the United States as well as self-created group projects. Children that see libraries as invaluable community resources will go on to utilize them well beyond graduation. NJMD promotes the free and fun offerings at locations statewide.

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About Tricina Strong-Beebe: Tricina Strong-Beebe is currently a District School Library Media Specialist for K-8th Grade in Burlington County. Previously, she worked for Camden County Library Systems for nine years and currently attends Rutgers University Graduate School for Continued Studies in Education. She was NJLA’s 2013 Karma Scholarship Recipient and a past member of NJLA’s Honors and Awards Committee. You can follow her school on Instagram HPSD_Library and Twitter @BBbiblioTECH.

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NJ Makers Day Highlights - Bridgeton Public Library

Over the next few months, we will be posting pics and videos highlighting some of the great offering and programs our sites have provided during past NJ Makers Days. This time up, we are sharing some awesome videos created by patrons at the Bridgeton Public Library from their 2016 NJ Makers Day!

Oh, and watch it seems there is something in the water in Bridgeton, NJ ....

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