Engineering Center: Making in the Library

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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.
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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

4 Responses to “Engineering Center: Making in the Library”

  1. Sarah Rosslan

    So glad to see you posting again! I had a question about the top picture. Is the product called Hexisnaps? I would love to get some. I’ve implemented makerspaces as my library centers this spring and it has been a huge hit so I’m wanting to expand and looking for ideas. Thanks!

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    • mrslodge

      Hi Sarah! The top pic is K’Nex. I have Hexisnaps too and they are flat hexagons that attach to each other. The kids actually really like both but Hexisnaps is a little better for the younger kids. I got my Hexisnaps at a flea market for $3! I had a few bins of K’Nex from my 5th grade teachers because they used to use them for science/engineering (now they don’t have time…sad!) but it’s worth asking around your school in case people have stuff they aren’t using.

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  2. Dawn

    I’m new to your site. Love all the information I’m getting. Question for the bottom picture, are they just colored straws?

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    • mrslodge

      Yes! I got a variety of colorful straws from the dollar store and the kids make all kinds of things with them.

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