The Makerspace at BSLC!
What is a makerspace?
"Makerspace is a general term for a place where people get together to make things. Makerspaces might focus on electronics, robotics, woodworking, sewing, laser cutting, programming or some combination of these things."
From Makerspaces by S. Roslund and E.P. Rodgers
"A makerspace is a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials."
From Diana Rendina, Renovated Learning
Put simply, makerspaces are places where STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art, and math – comes together in exciting and interesting ways. We’ve had a makerspace at BSLC since we opened in 2014, but this summer, led by fabulous makers from our community, Vila McHenry and Paul Barner, we've transformed a little used room into a great workshop and enhanced our existing maker area. (Check out the photos below!)
The Makerspace is a resource for those attending Baystate but also will be available to the greater community. We’re starting off modestly with a Friday STEAM Club for kids, but with plans to expand our offerings to include additional after school hours, open workshops on Saturdays, and special evening events, for kids and adults. Check out our current offering and check back here soon for additional hours and programs.
STEAM Club - Fridays 3:30-5:00 PM (Ages 7+)
Hosted by Vila McHenry, STEAM Club will meet on Friday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 PM starting on September 9th. It will feature guided projects that introduce fundamental elements of STEAM and then challenge the kids to come up with their own adaptations. How can you make it go faster? Make it fancier and more eye-catching? Move in a circle instead of a straight line? Sample projects include:
Balloon and rubber-band cars
Rube Goldberg machines
Simple pneumatic machines
Zip-line delivery systems
10 Friday Sessions $200
There are limited spots available.
The Makerspace in Pictures
On August 18th we had a BSLC Information Session and also showed off our new space. Kids and parents alike enjoyed buildling a Bristlebot and making them whiz around the table top! Want to make one of your own? Join us on Thursday, September 1st when we're having another info session.
Vila McHenry graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Computer Science, and spent several years working as a telecoms analyst. Now, however, she is a homeschooling mom to three kids, and teaches classes for homeschoolers in math, engineering & design, and computer programming. She also coaches an award-winning middle school Model United Nations team. She is very excited about all the new possibilities for making, building and creating that will now be available through BSLC's new makerspace!