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Bronxville Union Free School District

Student Creativity Soars with Makerspace

Kindergarten- through fifth-grade students at Bronxville Elementary School – who had been learning about the importance of sticking with an idea and persevering through challenges – collaborated with classmates to bring their ideas to fruition during a Makerspace activity on May 26. Throughout the afternoon, students had the opportunity to innovate and solve problems in their classrooms.

Using a box of supplies, which included construction paper, Popsicle sticks, cotton balls, fabric, string, bottle caps, paper towel tubes, glue and tape, students had the freedom to take learning into their own hands in order to create new things and follow through with their ideas. Some of the items they created included puppets, a swan home, field goal, stress balls and a speaker amplifier.

“The Makerspace is a place for students to create and take the ideas they have and be really innovative,” second-grade teacher Lori Feingold said. “It’s a time where they can choose to work alone, in pairs or groups. They can create things that aren’t really out in the world yet and come up with their own innovations, or create something they see a need for.”

Earlier in the year, the students read Kobi Yamada’s book, “What Do You Do with an Idea,” which inspired a variety of lessons to teach them how essential it is to have passion and motivation to achieve a long-term goal.

“Building off of that idea, we came up with this Makerspace day, so the students could have the opportunity to create something,” Feingold said. “Through the activities, the students further enhanced their abilities to innovate, collaborate and solve problems to make new discoveries, reinvent old ideas in a better way and create for the future.”

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