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Akron Children’s Museum has unveiled a new exhibit for children ages 8-12: Little Monster Maker Space. “The maker space offers opportunities for hands-on exploration of STEM principles through a problem-based learning approach, said Akron Children’s Museum Education Coordinator Margaret Keller in a news release. “Visitors will design, build, test and redesign their solutions. We’re excited to offer children opportunities to develop 21st Century Learning Skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.”Source: Akron Children’s Museum unveils Little Monster Maker Space |

Libraries are hosting Repair Cafes and similar events to help reduce waste and bring in new patrons. And that’s the goal of the U-Fix-It Clinic—allowing people to repair broken items instead of throwing them away, but also inspiring them to learn more about the products they consume and how they work. The event is part of a larger movement across the globe working to help keep broken items out of landfills and revive the lost art of repair. Source: Libraries and the Art of Everything Maintenance | American Libraries Magazine

The 20117 Virginia Train Collectors Show was held in the makerspace Saturday, November 11th. Model trains and toys from the past century were on display along with train layout displays in several gauges. Youth in K-3 STEM classes and afterschool makers spent Friday creating a 1/24 scale G gauge train layout for the show. Kids got hands on with train related maker activities, as well as driving the trains.

Educators know that in order for today’s students to be college and career ready, they need to develop 21st Century Skills including collaboration, creativity, and communication. Finding authentic ways to accomplish this in a classroom setting can be challenging. Makerspaces lend themselves to developing these skills in organic and productive ways.Read about the case for school makerspaces at: The Case for School Makerspaces, According to Those Who Use Them

The idea of making to learn is a philosophy of education that goes back to the late 1800s/early 1900s and the writings of John Dewey. “Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.” Advice from P. Matthew Dillon on bringing maker education to schoolsRead more at: Innovate My School – Top tips for bringing the Maker Movement to YOUR school

Niagara’s public libraries are finding new ways to stay relevant in modern times. “There’s book learning and then there’s hands-on learning and for a lot of people, that’s their style,” says Cathy Simpson, chief librarian and CEO. “We used to be consumers of information and entertainment but now we’re creators as well.”Read more at: The evolving role of libraries |