The Success Foundation was able to visit grant recipient, Eva Serrano at Dos Rios Elementary School, where she has developed a Makerspace classroom for use during library time or recess. A makerspace is a work space that allows students to learn, explore, and share in a collaborative environment. This space is often found in libraries, but Dos Rios houses their makerspace in a separate classroom, and has included a variety of equipment to encourage students to explore their creativity.
The space has been under development for quite some time, and we were excited to be able to contribute to this amazing creative space for young learners. They have the opportunity for students to build and code robots, work on circuits, build rollercoaster models, sew, work with a green screen and photoshop, design with LEGO and K’Nex building sets, and create with less tech-centeredthings like art and coloring supplies and stickers. Eva Serrano and Dos Rios have created this space through grants from a couple of different organizations, found supplies in the District 6 Teacher’s Closet Shop, and personal things from home to create this wonderful classroom.
During our visit, students were eager to show us what they were creating, as well as teach us how to create our own robots.Students were using their own free time to develop ideas, and learn and create together. It was fun to talk to students and learn with them. This collaborative environment is teaching them team work and problem solving while encouraging them to explore their ideas in a non-threatening environment.
Thank you for inviting us into your classroom, Eva!