Hi all! I’ve finally had a little time to spend back here. I’ve been wanting to share one of my favorite centers I introduced last year: my maker-inspired Engineering Center. It was a huge hit with students from the get go but took a lot of tweaking to figure out how to manage on my end. I’ll be sharing the center, our maker gallery, and some of the benefits I found from this center over a few posts
I had spent a good deal of the summer looking for different types of building materials at thrift stores, yard sales, and even my parents’ basement. I found different kinds of blocks such as snap blocks ($3 for a whole set at a yard sale!), Hexisnaps, LEGOs (courtesy of my little brother), and many other building tools.
I introduced this center after my usual re-introduction to centers in the beginning of the year. I needed everyone to be in the habit of using centers, cleaning up, and following expectations because I knew they’d be so excited to have the opportunity to create. I was right – every grade level was thrilled with this new center! Stay tuned for how we used this center to create a Maker Gallery in the library!
*grab my Engineering Center on TPT