Welcome to the Pine Grove School Makerspace!
Mrs. Antonelli and Mrs. Bogoian, our amazing librarian team, are sharing what is happening in the Makerspace this year! In the Fall of 2019, the PGS PTO fundraised to provide substantial financial support to help fund the design and installation of this creative space inside the library. For those of you who haven't been able to tour the library yet due to Covid, the PGS library is a large open space located within the center of the first floor. The kindergarten and first grade classes border both sides of the library and many students pass through the open halls throughout the day. Mrs. Antonelli and team have arranged the bookcases strategically to help create a defined space for browsing books and working at the tables. This year, the classes spend the full week in whatever special they have (ex: a week in art or a week in PE).
Many of the Makerspace goals and activities had to be adjusted this year, due to the circumstances. For now, the Makerspace area is one of two designated library classroom areas. Mrs. Bogoian, our amazing new part-time librarian, teaches her classes just outside the Makerspace area, and Mrs. Antonelli teaches her classes inside the Makerspace area. Due to the need for filling the space with tables/chairs/shields, we had to temporarily relocate most of the Makerspace items. This has not been an issue due to the fact that we are unable to use/share much of the materials and manipulatives at this time (for safety purposes). They look forward to a more hands-on approach next year, but in the meantime, they have been getting creative!
For example, since December featured the worldwide Hour of Code initiative, students in grades 2-4 were able to practice coding on the Code.org website. Students in grades K-1 engaged in “whole-group” coding activities via the Smartboard and using paper coding grids. We look forward to getting back to other hands-on coding activities next year (such as robotics and littleBits circuits).